What does the survey comprise?
Quarterly publication of developments in prices of goods and services purchased by consumers on the islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. Together these three islands constitute the Dutch Caribbean. The price development is presented by means of a consumer price index (CPI). Inflation is calculated as the percentage change of the CPI in the period under review compared with the same period in the previous year.
Consumer goods and services purchased by households on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.
Consumer goods and services.
Year survey started
The figures for the most recent quarter are provisional. They become definite as soon as figures for the new quarter are published
How is the survey conducted?
The survey is based on monthly price observations at companies and institutions which supply goods and services to consumers. The monthly observations are used to calculate average prices per quarter.
Statistics Netherlands observes the prices by visiting shops, but also by means of written surveys, internet surveys and external registrations.
Companies, institutions, associations and government.
More than 900 goods and services and more than 40 respondents on Bonaire, and more than 200 goods and services and more than 40 respondents on both Saba and St Eustatius.
Checking and correction methods
Statistics Netherlands checks the completeness and plausibility of the collected data. In the case of incorrect or missing data, respondents are contacted. In the case of non-response, data are imputed on the basis of the observed information. If a defined product undergoes changes, its price is adjusted taking into account differences in quality between the former and the new product versions.
Developments in prices are calculated on the basis of a package of goods and services. Each item in this package is assigned a weight that reflects how important it is in the consumption pattern of the residents of the Dutch Caribbean. The weighting factors of the various items in the CPI are determined on the basis of the Budget survey of the Netherlands Antilles held in 2004/2005. In addition, external sources are also used. At the highest level of aggregation weights are equal for the three islands, at more detailed levels they differ between the islands.
Quality of the results?
The accuracy and representivity of the CPI are guaranteed by the large and varied number of products surveyed monthly through different sales channels on all three islands. The degree of accuracy cannot be calculated, however. The accuracy of price developments in each product group is generally lower than that of the total consumption package. Survey response is higher than 95 percent.
Inaccuracies can arise in various stages of the production process:
• sampling the respondents;
• selecting the representative items and estimating quality differences;
• errors during price observation;
• determining weighting factors;
• as a result of non-response
Where possible, price developments are measured on the basis of prices observed at the same respondent in two successive quarters.
The data are checked for internal consistency and completeness. Where necessary action is taken to verify data. Once the data have been approved, the calculation of the price indices takes place and the results are checked and validated. The validation of the results is done by a different department than the one that compiles the figures.