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Inferring the change in the quality of a product whose characteristics change over time indirectly by estimating, or assuming, the ‘pure’ price change that has occurred. For example, if the pure price change is assumed to be equal to the average for some other group of products, the implied change in quality is equal to the actual observed price change divided by the assumed pure price change. If the whole of the observed price change is assumed to be pure price change, there is assumed to be no change in quality.

Source Publication:
ILO, IMF, OECD, Eurostat, UNECE, World Bank, 2004, Consumer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice, International Labour Office, Geneva.

Cross References:
Explicit quality adjustment
Quality adjustment


Statistical Theme: Prices and purchasing power partities

Created on Thursday, February 20, 2003

Last updated on Monday, July 11, 2005