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Constructing price indexes across space and time: the case of the European Union

  • Hill, Robert J.

    (Groningen University)

This paper considers the problem of how to construct and reconcile price indexes across space and time. Six methods for constructing price indexes on a panel are proposed along with five criteria for discriminating between them. Using these methods, spatial and temporal price indexes are computed for the 15 countries of the European Union (EU) over the period 1995-2000 using a panel data set constructed by merging, at a low level of aggregation, the EU’s Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) with a cross-section of OECD data. These panel price indexes are then used to test whether or not price levels and relative prices converged across the EU over this period. (JEL C43, E31, O47)

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 03C20.

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Date of creation: 2003
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  1. Diewert, W. E., 1976. "Exact and superlative index numbers," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 115-145, May.
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