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Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products

Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products

Chapter:
(p.269) 9 Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products
Source:
Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services
Author(s):
Jaison R. AbelErnst R. BerndtAlan G. White
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044507.003.0010

This chapter reports on research examining measures of price changes for Microsoft's personal computer (PC) software products over the time period July 1993 through June 2001. The focus is on the measurement of price changes for Microsoft's software products, not on the factors underlying or causing any price changes. As such, the chapter adds to a relatively small literature on price indexes for PC software products. The results show that despite differences over time periods and across products, the prices of Microsoft's desktop operating systems and applications have generally been falling over the time period between July 1993 and June 2001.

Keywords:   personal computers, software, price change, PCs, price index

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