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Price-Level Computation: Illustrations

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  • Sydney N. Afriat

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  • Carlo Milana

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It has been submitted that, for the very large number of different traditional type formulae to determine price indices associated with a pair of periods, which are joined with the longstanding question of which one to choose, they should all be abandoned. For the method proposed instead, price levels associated with periods are first all computed together, subject to a consistency of the data, and then price indices that are true taken together are determined from their ratios. An approximation method can apply in the case of inconsistency. Here are illustrations of the method.

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  • Sydney N. Afriat & Carlo Milana, 2007. "Price-Level Computation: Illustrations," Department of Economics University of Siena 506, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    1. Sydney Afriat & Carlo Milana, 2007. "The Super Price Index: Irving Fisher, and after," Department of Economics University of Siena 492, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    Keywords

    index-number problem; inflation; non-parametric; price index; price level; revealed preference.;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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