Very few New Zealanders have lives unaffected by the Consumers Price Index (CPI). It is used by the New Zealand government to adjust student allowances, welfare benefits, and superannuation; by the Reserve Bank to guide monetary policy; by the old Court of Arbitration and by employers and employees to negotiate wages; and by the media to inform the public about the effects of price changes on their standard of living. Some of the contributions to this book document the New Zealand CPI as a history of conflicting machinations between unions, employers, public officials, and lobby groups. Others view it as a mirror of domestic social norms and important international developments that eventually turned into a beacon with considerable public trust. Still others emphasize its technical evolution, from a crude selection of prices necessary for a just wage to a modern indicator of consumer satisfaction and economic management. Whichever way you look at it, the CPI is a fascinating window into New Zealand’s social and economic history.
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About the Author
Sharleen Forbes is an adjunct statistics professor at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington and the general manager of statistics education at Statistics New Zealand. She is a former member of the International Statistics Institute’s Committee on Women in Statistics, president of the New Zealand Statistics Association, and vice director of the International Statistical Literacy Project. Antong Victorio is a senior lecturer in applied economics, public economics, and quantitative methods at Victoria University of Wellington and a former editor of the Journal of Business and Governance. He is the author of Applied Models in Public Policy and The Benefits and Wider Costs of Leaving School.