Across the ages, the value of money has consistently been considered an important issue. If there is no measure of its value, then there is nothing by which to judge the changes in prices and wages. Wage bargaining and savings become difficult and, in practice, invites a series of ‘amateur’ indices which inevitably vary very widely and lead to disputes. Having a standard form of index will not solve (or cure) inflation itself, but it can demonstrate what might be considered fair and reasonable in terms of changes to wages and prices.
The most common index of prices used in the UK is the Retail Prices Index. How is this worked out? Is this the best measure of inflation? What alternatives are there and what are their advantages?
This is a part of the lecture series, Government Statistics.
Emeritus Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, having held the position from 1992 to 1994.
Professor Moore has a background as a statistician, an actuary, and industrialist and a management educator. His professional positions include: Professor of Statistics, Princapal and Governor of the London Business School (from 1965, 1972 and 1968 untl 1989); Head of Statistical Servces, Reed Paper Group (1959-1965); Assistant to Economic Advisor, National Coal Board (1957-1959).
All of his lectures can accessed here: Past lectures by Professor Peter G. Moore.