Main Economic Indicators: Comparative Methodological Analysis: Consumer and Producer Price Indices Volume 2002 Supplement 2

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OECD Publishing, Sep 17, 2002 - Business & Economics - 84 pages

This publication compares key aspects of statistical methodologies used by OECD member countries in the compilation of price indicators. It is the second in a series of such publications which focus on data comparability in the context of international statistical guidelines and recommendations published by the OECD and other international agencies.

This publication complements two other OECD publications, Main Economic Indicators (MEI), and Main Economic Indicators: Sources and Definitions. The MEI is a monthly publication that presents a range of short-term economic indicators that provide an overview of recent international economic developments for the 30 OECD member countries and a number of non-member countries. The Sources and Definitions publication provides explanations on the sources and definitions used by individual member countries and selected non-member countries to compile the short-term indicators presented in the MEI. It also describes a number of data presentation aspects such as index linking and the compilation of zone aggregates.


The CD-ROM version of the MEI database is available in Beyond 20/20TM for WindowsTM, which is user-friendly software that allows the user to extract data and prepare customised tools for analysis such as graphs and tables. It contains additional information not available in the paper publication, such as extra business survey, balance of payments and leading indicator series. The database is also available online at

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