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Index numbers in economic theory and practice

Author: R G D Allen
Publisher: Piscataway, N.J. : AldineTransaction, [2008]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: There is no book currently available that gives a comprehensive treatment of the design, construction, and use of index numbers. However, there is a pressing need for one in view of the increasing and more sophisticated employment of index numbers in the whole range of applied economics and specifically in discussions of macroeconomic policy. In this book, R.G.D. Allen meets this need in simple  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R G D Allen
ISBN: 9780202362540 020236254X
OCLC Number: 226984777
Notes: Originally published: Chicago : Aldine Pub. Co., 1975.
Description: x, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
1: General Survey --
1.1: Definition of index numbers --
1.2: Notation --
1.3: Choice of formula: stochastic approach --
1.4: Choice of formula: aggregative/weighted average approach --
1.5: Runs of index numbers: switching and splicing --
1.6: Runs of aggregative index numbers --
1.7: Index numbers in practice --
1.8: Irving Fisher tests --
1.9: Economic-theoretic approach --
2: Theory: The Two-Situation Case --
2.1: Problem --
2.2: Basic concept: laspeyres (base-weighted) index --
2.3: Derived concept: paasche (current-weighted) index --
2.4: Properties of laspeyres and paasche forms --
2.5: Forward and backward index numbers --
2.6: Fisher Ideal Index --
2.7: Statistical relation between laspeyres and paasche forms --
2.8: Economic theory: constant-utility price index --
2.9: Economic theory: constant-resources price deflator --
3: Illustrations --
3.1: Introduction --
3.2: Weighted-average index: retail prices --
3.3: Retail sales: value and volume --
3.4: Use of price quotations --
3.5: Aggregative index numbers: some practical problems --
3.6: Retail price index: pensioner households --
3.7: Aggregative index numbers: external trade --
3.8: Aggregative index numbers: gross domestic product --
3.9: Three measures of real GDP --
Appendix: Source material --
A: Retail prices and consumption --
B: Gross domestic product from expenditure and output data --
4: Runs Of Index Numbers --
4.1: Introduction --
4.2 Runs of laspeyres index numbers --
4.3: Runs of paasche index numbers --
4.4: Runs read backwards and forwards --
4.5: Splicing in practice --
4.6: Value matrix --
4.7: Relation between laspeyres and paasche runs --
4.8: Monthly or quarterly runs: seasonal variation --
5: Chain Index Numbers --
5.1: Economic-theoretic approach --
5.2: Statistical-theoretic approach: divisia integral index --
5.3: Chain index with annual links --
5.4: Chaining in practice --
5.5: Runs of index numbers: drifting --
5.6: Chaining more frequently than annually --
5.7: Chain and direct index numbers compared: retail prices --
5.8: Chain and direct index numbers compared: real consumption --
6: Some Applications --
6.1: Introduction --
6.2: Commodity prices --
6.3: Consumer prices versus retail prices --
6.4: Inequality of incomes: differential price changes --
6.5: International comparisons of real income --
6.6: Real GDP based on output data --
6.7: Industrial production index: effect of revisions --
6.8: Employment and unemployment --
6.9: Stock-market prices --
7: Further Index-Number Problems --
7.1: Sampling aspects: price quotations --
7.2: Sampling aspects: weights --
7.3: Best linear index: two-situation case --
7.4: Best linear index: general case --
7.5: Quality changes: prices versus unit values --
7.6: Quality changes: technical factors --
7.7: Quality changes: household production theory --
7.8: Changes in tastes and qualities --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: R.G.D. Allen.

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Offers an elementary survey of the index-number problem and treatments of the theory and practice of index numbers. This work deals with some further problems in the construction of index numbers,  Read more...

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