Any thoughts or comments on these articles are welcome.Best wishesTanya Flower (ONS)
This needs handling with care. One member of the Boskin Commission in the 1990s, which claimed that the US CPI had a substantial upward bias, had previously produced price indices for various items based on mail-order catalogues. These showed lower price rises than the official CPI, which the commission regarded as proof that the CPI was biased.
Hi Gareth,Thanks for your query.This work is part of a wider work stream looking at the use of alternative data sources in the development and production of consumer price statistics. The work is still currently at the research stage and a decision on next steps will not be made until this stage of the project is finished.Best wishes,Tanya