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Measuring the Balassa-Samuelson Effect: A guidance Note on the RPROD Database

Cécile Couharde, Anne-Laure Delatte (), Carl Grekou (), Valérie Mignon () and Florian Morvillier

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Abstract: This guidance note outlines the construction and contents of RPROD. This new database developed by CEPII complements the EQCHANGE database, by providing additional measures of the Balassa-Samuelson effect. RPROD delivers the following indicators computed for each country included in the database, and relative to its main trading partners: (i) GDP per capita, (ii) labor productivity, (iii) consumer-price-to-producer-price ratio, (iv) three-sectors' value-added deflator, and (v) six-sectors' value-added deflator. These different measures are publicly available (, with the aim to contribute to the investigation of the Balassa-Samuelson hypothesis, and to the comparison of estimated equilibrium real exchange rates and currency misalignments across alternative proxies of this effect.

Keywords: Balassa-Samuelson; Relative Productivity; Tradables; Non-tradables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 F41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-10
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