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[This chapter presents in statistical terms the debates that continually re-erupt whenever the CPI comes under strong political pressure. It presents the differences between a Laspeyres, Paasche and Fisher Indices.]
[This chapter reviews the consumer price index over time, presenting eight generations of the CPI. The chapter focuses on the Fordist period (1945–1970). This period is characterised by a multiplicity of political pressures and ended in a sort of paroxysm with the publication by the major Trade...
[This chapter analyses a major European turning point which, following the introduction of the Maastricht criteria and then the transition to the euro, transformed the political and economic context. With the introduction of the harmonised index of consumer prices Harmonized Index of Consumer...
[This chapter analyses the question of product quality. It renews attention on the incommensurability of individual preferences and utilities and shows how qualities are statistically quantified. It stresses on the numerous conventions that lay behind such quantifications.]
[This chapter examines the conflicts around definition, in particular that between a price index based on a constant basket of goods and services (COGI) and a cost of living index (COLI), which is consubstantial with the long history of the price index. For historical reasons specific to the...
[This chapter aims to trace the reform of checkout data, with an emphasis on the shift it has produced in the boundaries between the public and private spheres in the process of constructing the CPI. The recent changes towards the use of checkout data constitute a modern expression of the reuse...
[This chapter begs the question that runs through the whole book: is the CPI ‘under-’ or ‘over’-estimated? What are the social forces to convince either of these statements?]
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