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Hedonic price indexes of computers : an empirical comparison Duan, Hui

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This thesis compares the price changes of different computer platforms (desktop computers, notebooks, servers and workstations) in the 1998-2002 period using several hedonic methods to calculate price indexes on quarterly basis. It then discusses the differences among hedonic price indexes and their properties in terms of bias, variance and resource. It further examines the effect of weight on certain price indexes. The findings should provide empirical insight into the hedonic quality-adjustment in price indexes, as well as the construction of CPI/PPI of ICT products for statistical agencies in OECD countries.

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