NA/05 The use of chain indices for deflating the National Accounts

14-6-2006 13:15

Al, P.G., B.M. Balk, S. de Boer and G.P. den Bakker (1985).This paper is devoted to the problem of deflating National Accounts and input-output tables. This problem is approached from the theoretical as well as from the practical side. Although the theoretical argument favours the use of chained Vartia-I indices, the current practice of compiling National Accounts restricts to using chained Paasche and Laspeyres indices. Various possible objections to the use of chained indices are discussed and rejected.