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A history of inflation measurement in the UK, at the Royal Statistical Society, London, 5-7pm 13th Dec

  • 1.  A history of inflation measurement in the UK, at the Royal Statistical Society, London, 5-7pm 13th Dec

    Posted 26-11-2018 19:17

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    A history of inflation measurement in the UK


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    RSS sections/special interest groupsOfficial Statistics SectionHistory of Statistics Section

    Thursday 13 December 2018, 05:00pm - 07:00pm


    Location Location: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX


    Presentation of the book Inflation: History and Measurement


    Robert O'Neill – University of Huddersfield

    Jeff Ralph – University of Southampton

    Paul Smith – University of Southampton



    John Astin – RSS Fellow and member of the UKSA Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices

    Michael Baxter – RSS Fellow and Director of Statistics, Kantar Media

    Cecilia Lanata Briones – RSS Fellow and University of Sussex


    Chair: Tony Cox – RSS Fellow and Chair of the RPI-CPI User Group


    About the Event: Monthly consumer price inflation figures from the Office for National Statistics are arguably the most influential of all Official Statistics. They are used for a wide variety of important purposes from indicating the health of the economy to the adjustment of pensions and benefits. Behind the numbers sits a sophisticated methodology that has been developed over a long period of time.

    This talk looks at the development of these measures from their origins at the start of the 18th Century to the current day. It will identify some of the visionary individuals who contributed to establishing the foundations, the dates when important changes were made and the social and political factors that drove the developments.

    5.00pm to 6.00pm: Authors' presentation
    6.00pm to 6.30pm: Discussants' comments
    6.30pm to 7.00pm: Q&A
    Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.

    Refreshments: tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 4.30pm.

    Organiser Name Cecilia Lanata Briones, History of Statistics Section Secretary

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    Organising Group(s) History of Statistics Section, Official Statistics Section