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What Impact does the Choice of Formula have on International Comparisons?

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In this paper an empirical comparison of a number of alternative multilateral index-number formulae is undertaken. The magnitude of the effect of choosing one formula over another is ascertained using an appropriate cross-sectional data set constructed under the auspices of the Eurostat-OECD Purchasing Power Parity Programme. To this end, a new indicator is proposed that facilitates the measurement of the difference between two sets of bloc consumption shares, each computed using a different multilateral comparison method.
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  • Keir G. Armstrong, 1997. "What Impact does the Choice of Formula have on International Comparisons?," Carleton Economic Papers 97-03, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2001.
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    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries

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