Alternative Measures of Price Inflation and the Perception of Real Income in Germany
32 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2020
Date Written: 2020
Since the 1980s inflationary pressures seem to materialize overproportionately outside of the sectors of consumer goods and services. We combine the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices with indices for asset prices, such as stocks and real estate, as well as the costs of public goods to develop alternative inflation measures in Germany since the introduction of the euro. Real economic growth as well as median wage developments are reexamined in light of the alternative inflation estimates. Both turn out to be negative over the past decade in the most pessimistic scenarios.
Keywords: inflation, harmonized index of consumer prices, hidden inflation, assets prices, costs of public goods, inflation targeting, monetary policy, real wages, real economic growth, Germany
JEL Classification: E310, E520, E580, O110
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