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Jonas Ljungberg. Foto.

Jonas Ljungberg

Professor emeritus

Jonas Ljungberg. Foto.

European Consumer Price Indices since 1870

Författare

  • Jonas Ljungberg

Summary, in English

This paper presents a database with the probably most up-to date and reliable consumer price indices for a large sample of European countries since 1870. The database is a compilation but a contribution by going back to original or ignored works. For some Eastern European countries, where CPIs have been missing, new provisional indices are constructed. It critically examines historical CPIs in oft-used online databases and uncover some alarming inaccuracies and even fallacies. Despite the importance of accurate CPIs in long-term analyses, previously little effort has been put in assessing the quality and comparability of data between countries. Realism of the CPIs is examined within a framework of economic integration, that qualifies received views. Lack of integration of Mediterranean countries before mid-twentieth century is validated, and contradictory patterns of integration in interwar and post-war Europe uncovered.

Avdelning/ar

  • Finanshistoria, banker och försäkringar
  • Tillväxt, teknologisk förändring och ojämlikhet
  • Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Publiceringsår

2023

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Lund Papers in Economic History

Issue

2023:252

Dokumenttyp

Working paper

Ämne

  • Economic History

Nyckelord

  • consumer price indices
  • cost of living
  • source criticism
  • economic integration
  • E31
  • N13
  • N14

Aktiv

Published