Did the UK Office for National Statistics avoid the political challenge from pensioners and bond-holders of moving to a lower measure of inflation when it published its decision not to change RPI? Or has it empowered those using the price indices to choose the most appropriate measure for their situation by offering an alternative in the form of RPIJ? What was wrong with RPI anyway, and what is RPIJ?
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Undertaking capital projects: linking risk and return
Whether they relate to the energy transition, the renewal of transport infrastructure, or reversing damage to the environment, our society will increasingly need to undertake large capital projects. It will be important to identify the projects’ risks and determine who is responsible for managing these and reducing their likelihood. Read More
Market differentiation in consumer goods: one size fits all?
Consumer goods have seen significant price rises lately, driving up general inflation levels. Some retailers point to territorial supply restrictions limiting their ability to secure lower wholesale prices—they consider these to be anti-competitive. This article considers two specific economic aspects of this discussion: first, it reflects on the effect… Read More