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Measuring the Balassa-Samuelson effect: A guidance note on the RPROD database

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  • Couharde, Cécile
  • Delatte, Anne-Laure
  • Grekou, Carl
  • Mignon, Valérie
  • Morvillier, Florian

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This guidance note outlines the construction and contents of RPROD. This new database developed by CEPII complements the EQCHANGE database, by providing additional measures of the Balassa-Samuelson effect. RPROD delivers the following indicators computed for each country included in the database, and relative to its main trading partners: (i) GDP per capita, (ii) labor productivity, (iii) consumer-price-to-producer-price ratio, (iv) three-sectors’ value-added deflator, and (v) six-sectors' value-added deflator. These different measures are publicly available (http://www.cepii.fr/CEPII/fr/bdd_modele/presentation.asp?id=34), with the aim to contribute to the investigation of the Balassa-Samuelson hypothesis, and to the comparison of estimated equilibrium real exchange rates and currency misalignments across alternative proxies of this effect.

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  • Couharde, Cécile & Delatte, Anne-Laure & Grekou, Carl & Mignon, Valérie & Morvillier, Florian, 2020. "Measuring the Balassa-Samuelson effect: A guidance note on the RPROD database," International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 161(C), pages 237-247.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inteco:v:161:y:2020:i:c:p:237-247
    DOI: 10.1016/j.inteco.2019.11.010
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    1. Carl Grekou, 2019. "EQCHANGE Annual Assessment 2019," Working Papers 2019-19, CEPII research center.

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    Balassa-Samuelson; Relative productivity; Tradables; Non-tradables;

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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