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Quality Adjustment and Hedonics: A Unified Approach

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The paper takes a consumer demand perspective to the problem of adjusting product prices for quality change. The various approaches to the problem of quality adjustment can be seen as special cases of the general framework. The special cases include the use of inflation adjusted carry forward and carry backward prices, the use of hedonic regressions and the estimation of Hicksian reservation prices.

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  • Diewert, Erwin, 2019. "Quality Adjustment and Hedonics: A Unified Approach," Microeconomics.ca working papers erwin_diewert-2019-2, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 14 Mar 2019.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:erwin_diewert-2019-2
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    Keywords

    Quality adjustment; hedonic regressions; reservation prices; consumer theory; time product dummy regressions; scanner data;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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