International Technical Cooperation

Constructing Consumer Price Indexes


July 28 - August 1, 2014

Application deadline

June 28, 2014




This seminar is designed for economists, statisticians, researchers, analysts, and managers working with consumer price indexes in national statistical programs. Participants should have an elementary knowledge of statistics.


To strengthen capabilities for the production and analysis of statistics on consumer prices and expenditures with relation to:

Program content

This seminar is designed to present the theory, techniques, and methodologies for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining statistical programs for the measurement of consumer prices and expenditures.

Consumer price indexes serve a twofold purpose: as a general economic indicator of the rate of inflation in a country's economy and as a measure for adjusting wages, salaries, and other income payments to keep in step with rising prices. The indexes are useful in formulating economic policy to maintain wage and price stability, to evaluate tax proposals, and to adjust national accounts for inflation and deflation.

Consumer expenditure surveys, which furnish data used in selecting and weighting item samples for consumer price indexes, provide valuable insights into the welfare of particular segments of the population and can be a source of data for family budget studies.

Participants are encouraged to bring with them the following materials for use in discussions and workshops: 1) methodologies on how data related to the seminar topic are collected in their home countries; 2) questionnaires used in their countries for obtaining those data; and 3) sample publications of those data.

The seminar includes discussions on the following topics:

Consumer expenditure surveys

Consumer Price Indexes (CPI)

Techniques for analyzing data on prices and expenditures

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NOTE: Participants may be interested in attending the one-week seminar on Constructing Producer Price Indexes and Import and Export Price Indexes , which immediately precedes this seminar.

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