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The Differential Approach to Superlative Index Number Theory

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  • William A. Barnett

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

  • Ke- Hong Choi

    (National Pension Research Center in Seoul, Korea)

  • Tara M. Sinclair

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

Abstract

Diewert's "superlative" index numbers, defined to be exact for second order aggregator functions, unify index number theory with aggregation theory, but have been difficult to identify. We present a new approach to finding elements of this class. This new approach, related to that advocated by Henri Theil (1973), transforms candidate index numbers into growth rate form and explores convergence rates to the Divisia index. Since the Divisia index in continuous time is exact for any aggregator function, any discrete time index number that converges to the Divisia index and that has a third order remainder term is superlative.

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  • William A. Barnett & Ke- Hong Choi & Tara M. Sinclair, 2001. "The Differential Approach to Superlative Index Number Theory," Econometrics 0111002, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 28 Dec 2001.
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    Theil Diewert superlative index numbers Divisia differential approach;

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