Ottawa Group

International Working Group On Price Indices

Welcome to the
International working group on price indices
Formed in 1994 the Ottawa Group is a forum for specialists to share their experiences and discuss research on crucial problems of measuring price change.

Latest meeting
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
08-10 May 2019
Meeting 16, hosted by Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

About us
The focus of the Group is on applied research, particularly 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 Meetings link on the left hand navigator or via the Papers link by author, title and organisation. Further resources on price indices can be found in the IWGPS: Consumer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice (2004).

Recent News
Producing the CPI under lockdown - webinars
The Ottawa Group in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held a series of webinars on 'Producing the CPI under lockdown'. The webinars were conducted over 4 weeks (21,28 October and 4,11 November 2020). The webinars were hosted by the German Bundesbank.

Topics included:
    Session 1. Theoretical considerations
    Session 2. Data collection
    Session 3. Imputation
    Session 4. Communication

Papers from the sessions can be found here:

Next meeting
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 meeting has been postponed to 2022
Rome, Italy
June 2022
The next meeting (17th meeting) will be jointly hosted by Italian statistical Institute (Istat) and Italian central bank (Bank of Italy) in Rome, Italy June 2022.
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