Prices over the Product Life Cycle: Implications for Quality-Adjustment and the Measurement of Inflation

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Daniel Melser; Iqbal A. Syed;
(2013)
  • Subject: Consumer price index (CPI); cost of living; matched-model index; quality change bias; sample rotation; scanner data
    • jel: jel:D22 | jel:E31 | jel:C43

The paper explores the extent to which products follow systematic pricing patterns over their life cycle and the impact this has on the measurement of inflation. Using a large US scanner data set on supermarket products and applying exible regression methods, we find th... View more
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