Regionalization and its Implications for Price Index Construction: The Case of the International Comparisons Program
AbstractThe International Comparisons Program (ICP) compares the purchasing power of currencies through a series of regional comparisons that are then linked together to obtain results at the global level. This process of regionalization complicates the construction of price indexes by essentially forcing the adoption of a two-stage approach. In previous rounds of ICP, data constraints have largely determined how the regions are linked. These data constraints, however, are largely absent in ICP 2005. This raises the question of how best to extend existing price index formulas to cope with the regionalization process that underpins ICP 2005. This paper attempts to answer this question, while at the same time imposing some structure on the existing literature on two-stage methods.
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ICP; Linking Regions; Fixity; Purchasing Power Comparisons; Price Index; Chaining;
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- C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook
- O47 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
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