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Eurostat-OECD Methodological Manual on Purchasing Power Parities (2012 Edition)

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The OECD, Eurostat, and 47 participating countries work together in establishing purchasing power parities, or PPPs, in order to compare the price and volume levels of the GDPs. This programme is called the Eurostat-OECD PPP Programme. The manual gives a complete, detailed and up-to-date description of the functioning of the programme. This includes its organisation, the various surveys carried out by participating countries and the ways PPPs are calculated and disseminated. It also provides guidance on the use of PPPs.

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The origins of international price and volume comparisons of GDP can be traced back to the experimental comparisons carried out by the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) in the 1950s. Two approaches were adopted. The first was a comparison made from the expenditure side using mainly price data. Initially, it covered France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.1 Subsequently, it was expanded to include Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.2 The second was a comparison between the United Kingdom and the United States made from the production side using mainly quantity data.

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