Economics and the Price Index

By S.N. Afriat, Carlo Milana

© 2008 – Routledge

266 pages

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About the Book

The price index, a pervasive long established institution for economics, is a number issued by the Statistical Office that should tell anyone the ratio of costs of maintaining a given standard of living in two periods where prices differ.

For a chain of three periods, the product of the ratios for successive pairs must coincide with the ratio for the endpoints. This is the chain consistency required of price indices. A usual supposition is that the index is determined by a formula involving price and quantity data for the two reference periods, always joined with the question of which one to choose, and the perplexity that chain consistency is not obtained with any. Hence finally they should all be abandoned. This situation reflects ‘The Index Number Problem’. This book brings together a coherent discussion of fifty years of astonishingly creative work on this subject.

Reviews

"Sydney Afriat is the guru of the price index" Angus Deaton (Princeton University, USA)

"Researchers interested in price indexes, inter-area comparisons, revealed preference theory, or productivity measurement will find this book an enlightening, entertaining, and highly creative treatise on where the theory should go from here." Marshall Reinsdorf (Senior Research Economist, US Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Angus Deaton, Princeton University, USA) PART I: Concept and method 1. The Super Price Index: Irving Fisher, and after 2. The Price-Level Computation Method 3. Price Level Computation: Illustrations PART II: Precursor 1. The system of inequalities ars > xs - xr. 2. On the constructibility of consistent price indices between several periods simultaneously 3. The Theory of Exact and Superlative Index-Numbers

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About the Authors

S. N. Afriat, resident of Siena, intermittent adjunct at the University, Mathematics and Economics, permanent Visiting Professor.

Carlo Milana, Research Director at ISAE (Istituto di Studi e Analisi Economica), Rome, a public research institution supported by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General