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May 1994, Vol. 117, No. 5

Apparel price indexes: effects of hedonic adjustment

Paul R. Liegey, Jr.
Economist, Office of Prices and Living Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau has adopted hedonic techniques to adjust price changes for apparel, which is subject to frequent variations in characteristics. A comparison of the new indexes with those produced using traditional methodology yields some surprising findings. This article compares the apparel price indexes with and without hedonic quality adjustments, expanding on previous CPI apparel studies.

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