The present volume provides a collection of material on the subject of international comparisons, contributed by scholars from a range of relevant disciplines and geographical backgrounds. The papers in this volume have been classified into two broad groups united by overlapping themes. Part I includes essentially empirical papers intended to provide a clear picture of the different types of international comparisons that have been undertaken by various organizations and individuals. The papers relate to empirical studies of different sectoral and national income aggregates at both regional and global levels. The papers in Part II deal with methodological and analytical issues. Discussion of the appropriateness of various aggregation methods for international comparisons accounts for a major component of this section. The volume provides a set of studies on international comparisons of prices, output and productivity, and will provide a reference source for interested readers.
Jorge Martinez-Vazquez is Professor of Economics and Director of the International Studies Program at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, USA. He has published numerous books and journal articles on fiscal management, fiscal decentralization, tax policy and administration, and public expenditure. He has directed, managed and served as a senior economist on policy reform projects in over 40 countries around the world. Javier Arze del Granado is an economist for the World Bank in Indonesia. Dr Arzes fields of expertise are fiscal reform, tax management, and government structure. He has ben involved in policy reform in a number of developing countries. Jameson Boex is Research Professor of Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, USA. He specializes in the analysis of intergovernmental transfer arrangements and has led and contributed to policy reforms and research projects on intergovernmental fiscal relations, tax policy and fiscal management issues in more than a dozen transitional and developing countries.