Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products

Jaison R. Abel, Ernst R. Berndt and Alan G. White

in Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780226044491
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044507 | DOI:
Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products

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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

Chapter.  8628 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microeconomics

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