PPP eLearning Course


Fundamentals of Purchasing Power Parities

The course introduces the concepts, data requirements, methodology, uses, and applications of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs). It also overviews the International Comparison Program (ICP), a global statistical initiative that estimates and publishes the PPPs of the world’s economies.

PPPs are the rates of currency conversion that equalize the purchasing power of different currencies by eliminating the differences in price levels between countries. In their simplest form, PPPs are price relatives that show the ratio of the prices in national currencies of the same good or service in different countries. They make it possible to compare the gross domestic product (GDP) and component expenditures of economies in real terms by eliminating the price level differences between them.

Since the demand for comparable GDP and component expenditures is high, PPPs play a key role in the analyses carried out by policymakers, multilateral institutions, academia, and the private sector.

Upon completing the course, the participants will be able to comprehend the key PPP concepts and data requirements; understand the ICP program; connect PPPs with their uses and applications; and grasp basics of PPP calculation methods and processes.

Target audience

Internal and external audiences, whose work relates to economics, statistics, poverty measurement and analysis. Researchers, consultants, clients and partners.

Free registration

This course is self-paced and free. However, registration to create an account at the Open Learning Campus (OLC) is required. If you do not have an account at OLC, please create an account here.

After you create an account, or if you have an account already, please access to the course at below link:

https://olc.worldbank.org/content/fundamentals-purchasing-power-parities-ppps-self-paced