Constructing Historical Euro-Zone Data
Existing methods of reconstructing historical Euro-zone data by aggregation of the individual countriesâ€™ data raises numerous difficulties due to past exchange rate changes. The approach proposed here is designed to avoid such distortions, and aggregate exactly when exchange rates are fixed. In a simple â€˜Divisia-styleâ€™ approach, we first compute growth rates within states, aggregate these, then cumulate this Euro-zone growth rate to obtain the aggregated levels variables. The aggregate of the implicit-deflator price index coincides with the implicit deflator of our aggregate nominal and real data. We investigate the properties of this growth-rate method for aggregation, and construct Euro-zone measures for M3, GDP and prices over the previous two decades.
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