Survey on the CPI Manual (English, French and Spanish): Background and purpose
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) Manual was published in 2004. It provides the theory and conceptual framework of the CPI and aims to give methodological and practical guidelines for the compilation of CPIs. The Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Price Statistics (IWGPS), which has overall responsibility for the revisions of the manual, has requested the ILO and the UNECE to conduct a worldwide survey on its' uses. The purpose of this survey is to obtain users' feedback on the manual for future revisions of the electronic version. This feedback will also be used as input for future work on possible Supplementary Handbooks, as well as for future meetings on CPIs.
The questionnaire consists of 14 questions. Questions 1 - 9 concern your assessment of the CPI Manual. Questions 10 - 14 concern some specific issues in the compilation of CPI, where information about your current practice is kindly requested. Where appropriate please consult fellow compilers of your CPI or where you are a user, fellow users about the usefulness of the manual.
To ensure the validity of the survey, it is important that we receive a completed questionnaire from as many compilers and users of CPI as possible. Your participation is therefore needed and highly appreciated.
This website is specifically dedicated to having an open and full discussion of the material that appears in the new CPI Manual published in July 2004. This important and comprehensive manual provides up-to-date guidance for national statistical offices and other agencies responsible for CPI construction, on the concepts, uses, methods and the underlying economic and statistical theory on which these are based, as well as on classifications, sources, and compilation techniques. It provides information on the analytical uses of the CPI and helps users to understand the processes involved in CPI calculation. Authored by seventeen CPI experts from national and international organizations and the academic world, it draws on national CPI experience and on recent developments in index number theory.
The purpose of the discussion group is to elicit comments and to promote discussion on specific topics in the CPI Manual. We are calling all interested groups, organisations and experts to send comments and suggestions on the CPI manual, both in terms of the specific issues addressed in this manual and on the layout and format of the manual.
Please send your comments and suggestions to the ILO Department of Statistics. Much as these comments will be taken into consideration in revising the electronic version of the manual, we cannot however assure that we will be able to give full consideration to all comments received.
Created and updated by AL. Last update: 10.06.08.
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