# Chapter 6 -INDEX NUMBERS.

09 Nov 2020 7:43 pm

## Balbharati, solutions, for, Economics, HSC, 12th, Standard, Maharashtra, State, Board, Chapter 6, INDEX NUMBERS, WITH SOLUTIONS,

### 1.Choose the correct pair:

##### Options

1-d, 2-c, 3-a, 4-b

1-d, 2-a, 3-b, 4-c

1-b, 2-c, 3-d, 4-a

1-c, 2-d, 3-a, 4-b

2. Choose the correct pair:

##### Options

1-d, 2-c, 3-a, 4-b

1-d, 2-a, 3-b, 4-c

1-b, 2-c, 3-d, 4-a

1-c, 2-d, 3-a, 4-b

Q.2. Complete the Correlation:

1. Price Index : Inflation :: Quantity Index : Agricultural production.

2. Po: Base year prices :: p1 : Current year prices

3. Laaspeyre’s index : Base year quantities :: Paasche’s index : Current year quantities.

4. univariate index : Single variable :: Composite index : Group of variables

Q.3. Solve the following:

1. Calculate Price Index number from the given data:

SOLUTION:-

⇒ Here, ∑P0 = 50 and ∑P1 = 60

Using Simple Aggregate Price Index formula

∴ Simple Aggregate Price Index = P1/P0 * 100

60/50 * 100

=120

2. Calculate Quantity Index number from the given data:

SOLUTION: –

Quantity Index Number = q1/q0 * 100

480/820 *100

= 58.54.

3. Calculate Value Index number from the given data:

Solution: –

value Index Number = p1q1/p0q0 * 100

∑p1q1/∑p0q0×100

= 6540/1890×100

= 346.03

4. Calculate Laaspeyre’s index from the given data:

Solution: –

Laaspeyre’s index = p1q0/p0q0 * 100

∑p1q0/∑p0q0×100

= 1200/660×100

= 181.81

5. Calculate Paasche’s index from the given data:

Solution: –

Paasche’s index = p1q1/p0q1

∑p1q1/∑p0q1×100

= 620/360×100

= 172.22

Q.4. Distinguish between:

1. Simple Index Numbers and Weighted Index Numbers

2. Price Index and Quantity Index.

3. Laaspeyre’s Index and Paasche’s Index.

Q.5. State with reason whether you agree or disagree with the following statement:

1. Index numbers measure changes in the price level only.

##### Options

Agree

Disagree

Reasons: –

No, I disagree with the above statement

1. Index numbers are also used to measure changes in the price level from time to time.

2. It enables the government to undertake appropriate anti-inflationary measures.

2.  Index numbers are free from limitations.

##### Options

Agree

Disagree

Reasons: –

No, I disagree with the above statement

1. Index numbers are generally based on samples.

2. We cannot include all the items in the construction of the index numbers. Hence they are not free from sampling errors.

3. Index numbers can be constructed without the base year.

##### Options

Agree

Disagree

Reasons: –

No, I disagree with the above statement

1. Index numbers can be misused.

2. They compare a situation in the current year with a situation in the base year.

Q.6. Answer the following:

1. Explain the features of index numbers.

Following are the various feature of index number:

Measures of relative changes: Index number measures relative or percentage changes in the variable over time.

Quantitative expression: Index numbers offer a precise measurement of the quantitative change in the concerned variable over time.

Average: Index numbers show changes in terms of average.

2. Explain the significance of index numbers in economics.

Answer: –

Significance of Index Numbers in Economics:

Index numbers are indispensable tools of economic analysis.

Following points explain the significance of index numbers:

Framing suitable policies: Index numbers provide guidelines to policymakers in framing suitable economic policies such as agricultural policy, industrial policy, fixation of wages, and dearness allowances in accordance with the cost of living, etc.

Studies trends and tendencies: Index numbers are widely used to measure changes in economic variables such as production, prices, exports, imports, etc. over a period of time.

Forecasting about the future economic activity: Index numbers are useful for making predictions for the future based on the analysis of the past and present trends in the economic activities. For example, based on the available data pertaining to imports and exports, future predictions can be made. Thus, forecasting guides in proper decision making.

Measurement of inflation: Index numbers are also used to measure changes in the price level from time to time. It enables the government to undertake appropriate anti-inflationary measures. There is a legal provision to pay the D.A. (dearness allowance) to the employees in the organised sector on the basis of changes in the Dearness Index.

Useful to present financial data in real terms: Deflating means to make adjustments in the original data. Index numbers are used to adjust price changes, wage changes, etc. Thus, deflating helps to present financial data in real terms (at constant prices).

Useful to present financial data in real terms: Deflating means to make adjustments in the original data. Index numbers are used to adjust price changes, wage changes, etc. Thus, deflating helps to present financial data in real terms (at constant prices).

Q.7. Answer in detail:

1. Explain the steps involved in the construction of index numbers.

Answers: –

Following steps are involved in the construction of index numbers :

Purpose of index number: The purpose for constructing the index number, its scope as well as which variable is intended to be measured should be clearly decided to achieve fruitful results.

Selection of the base year: Base year is also called the reference year. It is the year against which comparisons are made. The base year should be normal i.e. it should be free from natural calamities. It should not be too distant in the past.

Selection of items: It is necessary to select a sample of the number of items to be included in the construction of a particular index number. For example, in the construction of price index numbers, it is impossible to include each and every commodity. The commodities to be selected should represent the tastes, habits, and customs of the people. Besides this, only standardized or graded items should be included to give better results.

Selection of price quotations: Prices of the selected commodities may vary from place to place and shop to shop in the same market. Therefore, it is desirable that price quotations should be obtained from an unbiased price reporting agency. To achieve accuracy, proper selection of representative places and persons is required.

Choice of a suitable average: Construction of index numbers requires the choice of a suitable average. Generally, the Arithmetic mean is used in the construction of index numbers because it is simple to compute compared to other averages.

Assigning proper weights: Weight refers to the relative importance of the different items in the construction of an index number. Weights are of two types i.e. quantity weights (q) and value weights (p x q). Since all items are not of equal importance, by assigning specific weights, better results can be achieved.

Selection of an appropriate formula: Various formulae are devised for the construction of index numbers. The choice of a suitable formula depends upon the purpose of the index number and availability of data.

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