Bias Due to Input Source Substitutions: Can It Be Measured?
Once a business opts to purchase rather than produce an input, it can also change the source from which the product is procured. Producer price index programs face problems in dealing with price changes associated with sourcing changes. We present measures for price index bias due to sourcing substitutions. We begin with highly simplified cases to convey the rationale for our approach, and then show how the measures could be generalized. We also explain related aspects of the industry accounts. This material makes it clear that the growth of outsourcing and the related increases in domestic and foreign sourcing substitutions pose important challenges for statistics agencies.
|Date of creation:||12 May 2010|
|Date of revision:||13 Jul 2010|
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