Ottawa Group

International Working Group On Price Indices

Picture: Ottawa membersThe Ottawa Group on price indices was formed in 1994 to provide a forum for specialists to share their experiences and discuss research on crucial problems of measuring price change. Without avoiding theoretical issues, the focus of the Group is on applied research, particularly though not exclusively in the area of consumer price indices. The Group examines advantages and disadvantages of various concepts, methods and procedures in the context of realistic operational environments, supported by concrete examples whenever possible. Participants are specialists and practitioners who work for, or are advisers to, statistical agencies in different countries or international organizations. The Group meets about every 2 years.

This website hosts all papers that have been presented at Ottawa Group meetings providing a resource for price statisticians. These papers are available in the Papers link on the left hand navigator by author, title and organisation or via the Meetings link. Further resources on price indices can be found in the IWGPS: Consumer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice (2004).

Recent News
The Ottawa Group last met in May 2013 at Statistics Denmark in Copenhagen (13th Meeting). This meeting considered topics on:
  • housing price indices
  • commercial property price indices
  • measuring service prices
  • sampling and data collection
  • price measurement for ‘difficult to measure’ products and services,
  • seasonal adjustment and analytical series
  • real time estimations of superlative indices
  • international comparability of price developments and price levels

The next meeting (14th meeting) will be hosted by Statistics Japan in Tokyo in 2015.
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