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

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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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 97-03.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Mar 1997
Date of revision: Aug 2001
Publication status: Published: – revised version in Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, No. 3 (August 2001), pp. 697–718
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:97-03
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