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A history of inflation measurement in the UK

13th December 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX, United Kingdom
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Monthly consumer price inflation figures from the Office for National Statistics are arguably the most influential of all Official Statistics. They are used for a wide variety of important purposes from indicating the health of the economy to the adjustment of pensions and benefits. Behind the numbers sits a sophisticated methodology that has been developed over a long period of time.

This talk looks at the development of these measures from their origins at the start of the 18th century to the current day. It will identify some of the visionary individuals who contributed to establishing the foundations, the dates when important changes were made and the social and political factors that drove the developments.


5.00pm to 6.00pm: Authors’ presentation “Inflation: History and Measurement”

6.00pm to 6.30pm: Discussants’ comments

6.30pm to 7.00pm: Question and answer session


Who can attend?

Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the Royal Statistical Society or not, but pre-registration is required



Refreshments: tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 4.30pm