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Eurostat-OECD Methodological Guide for Developing Producer Price Indices for Services

Second Edition

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The International Producer Price Index Manual, Theory and Practice (PPI Manual) published by the IMF in 2004 consituted a landmark for international standards on price measurement and contains detailed, comprehensive information for the compilation of producer price indices as well as an extensive coverage of the conceptual and theoretical issues. This second edition of the Methodological Guide for Developing Producer Price Indices for Services (SPPI Guide) is a complement to the PPI Manual in two ways: it focuses on service-specific aspects in the PPI compilation by developing further the conceptual framework and it adds detailed descriptions of PPI measurement for a wide range of individual service industries.

This second edition of the SPPI Guide has been jointly produced by the OECD, Eurostat, the members of a task Force with deleguates from 14 OECD/EU members countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States)and in synergy with the Voorburg Group. Several countries contributed to the Guide by providing descriptions of service PPIs for individual industries, other countries were represented by national experts in at least one meeting of the Task Force.

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General aspects of Service Producer Price Indices compilation

This chapter gives an overview of general aspects of service producer price indices (SPPIs) compilation. The chapter presents methodological information on the core measurement issues of SPPIs that the compiler will have to deal with when starting compilation and discusses the definition, uses and scope of SPPIs; product and industry SPPIs; the price concept underlying SPPIs; the appropriate statistical units; the international classifications; the identification of service products; the sample frame and weights and; the treatment of quality changes. Efforts have been made to present discussions in line with the Producer Price Index Manual (PPI Manual)1 and to focus on service-specific aspects of producer price indices (PPIs) compilation by developing further the conceptual framework.

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