A measure of core inflation in the UK

Andrade, Isabel and O'Brien, Raymond (2007) A measure of core inflation in the UK. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 32pp. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 0708).


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We develop a measure of core inflation in the UK over the period January 1987 - December 1998, following the work of Bryan, Cecchetti, Wiggins and Roger. Disaggregation is into 85 price categories. Given the high kurtosis of the price change distribution over this period, a trimmed mean is a more robust estimator of core inflation than other published measures such as the RPIX widely used in the UK, in particular by the Bank of England when targeting inflation. We discuss the relative advantages of our measure of core inflation, with emphasis on the determination of an optimal trimming point and on the analysis of the products whose price changes are excluded from our measure in each time period. The resulting measure appears well behaved, but differs noticeably from a number of published measures.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Working paper: accepted subject to revision
ISSNs: 0966-4246 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 35209
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
18 September 2007Published
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35209

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