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Is There a Quality Bias in the Canadian CPI? Evidence from Micro Data

Oleksiy Kryvtsov ()

Staff Working Papers from Bank of Canada

Abstract: Rising consumer prices may reflect shifts by consumers to new higher-priced products, mostly for durable and semi-durable goods. I apply Bils’ (2009) methodology to newly available Canadian consumer price data for non-shelter goods and services to estimate how price increases can be divided between quality growth and price inflation. I find that less than one-third of observed price increases during model changeovers should be attributed to quality growth. This implies overall price inflation close to inflation measured by the official index. I conclude that, according to Bils’ methodology, the quality bias is not an important source of potential mismeasurement of CPI inflation in Canada.

Keywords: Inflation and prices; Potential output (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E31 M11 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2013
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