Constructing Cost of Living Indices: Ideas and Individuals, Argentina, 1918-1935

Constructing Cost of Living Indices: Ideas and Individuals, Argentina, 1918-1935
10 Oct 2017, 17:45 to 10 Oct 2017, 19:30
IHR Peter Marshall Room, N204, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Cecilia T. Lanata Briones, University of Sussex

This paper illustrates the construction and use of statistics through two estimates of the Argentine cost of living index (CLI) as a case study: the foundational indicator, released privately in 1918 and publicly in 1924, and the index published officially in 1935. As such, it contributes to the understanding of the history of CLI by answering the following questions: How and why were these two estimates produced and how did they differ? In what economic and social context and by who were they elaborated? What does the history of the Argentine index suggest about the history of CLIs in general? The analysis is circumscribed within the history of statistics framework, also known as the sociology of quantification or sociology of statistics.

Cecilia T. Lanata Briones is a Research Fellow in History of the ESRC funded Global Income Inequality project based at the University of Sussex. She is also a Lecturer of Macroeconomics at Paris Dauphine International and an Adjunct Researcher of the Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She completed her PhD in Economic History (2016) as well as MSc in Economic History (2009) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests lie in the area of sociology of quantification relating to the historical production and use of quantitative knowledge, as well as Latin American and Argentine economic, social and political history. 

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