Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2009:15: A new consumer price index that incorporates housing

Anders Klevmarken ()
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Anders Klevmarken: Olle Grünewald and Henrik Allansson, Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: A long lasting controversy in Sweden as well as internationally is how to best estimate a price on the services of owner occupied housing in a consumer price index. There is no international consensus and different approaches have been adopted. In this paper we use a true cost-of-living index suggested by one of the authors, apply the model to Swedish data and compare the results to the current Swedish CPI. We also show that within the economic model underlying the true cost-of-living index, alternative operationalizations of the index give rather different results. The choice between these alternatives depends upon the primary purpose of the index.

Keywords: Price index; cost-of-living index; compensation index; price of housing services

JEL-codes: C43; D91

27 pages, November 18, 2009

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