This introduction motivates the need for an accessible, intuitive introduction to price measurement techniques, discusses the potential uses of these methods, and provides a bibliography of empirical work that points to examples. The emphasis here is applied and practical, providing a first glimpse at questions like: how are these price measures constructed, what are the common problems with these techniques? And what are the unresolved issues? The chapter closes with a brief roadmap to seminal works in the literature and other studies and manuals that are aimed at explaining and improving official statistics on the measurement of inflation.
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