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hasan.bokhary URGENT: GDP deflator
I am conducting a regression analysis using panel data for the years 1990 and 2000 in which I am using GNI per capita (in current PPP) international dollars for 120 developing countries. I wanted to ask you that is if it is correct to convert GNI per capita into constant PPP dollars by the following method:

1. Use GNI in PPP current international dollars and divide it by the GDP deflator for 1990
2. Divide it by the population for every country to get it in per capita terms.

Also could you please tell me which year should be used as the base year for the GDP deflator and should I divide the GNI in current PPP international dollars for years 1990 and 2000 by the GDP deflator for the year 1990 using 1995 as a base year?

Please reply as soon as possible.


8/23/2008 7:41:39 PM
WEOModerator Re : URGENT: GDP deflator
Thank you for your question and we apologize for the delay in responding. Unfortunately, the real sector base-years are country-specific so if you use the GDP deflator of individual countries to convert the nominal series into real terms, they will be in terms of different price base years. Please see this thread for more information on how to do the conversion.

Let us know if you have any more questions.

9/3/2008 10:03:30 AM