A Political Economy of the Measurement of Inflation

The case of France

Authors: Jany-Catrice, Florence

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  • Analyses the internal conventions and the disputes that have surrounded the measurement and use of the French CPI in official statistics
  • Gives a thorough account of the debates, experiments and hesitations that have punctuated the life of the price index
  • Reveals in a very educational way the political stakes behind the measurement of inflation, whereas they are too often presented in the literature under its technical aspects
  • Effectively shows all of the struggles and conflicts behind measurement issues throughout the 20th century
  • Offers an effective demonstration of the fact that macroeconomic indicators are always socio-political conventions. It will appeal to researchers and citizens interested in the political issues of quantification
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Inflation should no longer be a politically sensitive indicator. Indeed, since the early 1980s, macroeconomic policies have managed to contain it. Yet the consumer price index (CPI), which is the main indicator for measuring inflation, remains very frequently consulted by citizens, due to its multiple uses. The CPI is used for indexing wages, pensions, but also various contracts such as food pensions. It is also used by National Accounts to deflate macroeconomic values and to provide data in “real” terms. But how is this CPI measured? index? What reforms have happened to give shape to the XXIst century CPI? 

This book presents the CPI based on the study of the controversies that have marked its history. Set in both the socio-economic and ideas contexts, these controversies show the eminently conventional and political nature of the CPI and, therefore, of many other macroeconomic indicators, such as growth or productivity.

About the authors

Florence Jany-Catrice is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Lille, France. She conducts her research at Clersé (Lille Center for Economic and Sociological Studies and Research) -UMR 8019 around the quality economy (work, employment, services, wealth) and its measures. Florence Jany-Catrice chairs the French association of political economy (AFEP). She is also visiting professor at Xi'An University, China and is Richard B. Fisher Member, School of Social Science (2020-21), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Political Economy of the Measurement of Inflation
Book Subtitle
The case of France
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59940-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59940-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59939-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 139
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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