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Measurement Bias in the Canadian Consumer Price Index

James Rossiter

Staff Working Papers from Bank of Canada

Abstract: The consumer price index (CPI) is the most commonly used measure of inflation in Canada. As an indicator of changes in the cost of living, however, the CPI is subject to various types of measurement bias. The author updates previous Bank of Canada estimates of the bias in the Canadian CPI by examining four different sources of potential bias. He finds that the total measurement bias has increased only slightly in recent years to 0.6 percentage points per year, and is low when compared with other countries.

Keywords: Inflation et prix; Cibles en matière d'inflation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E31 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2005
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