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Working Paper 122 - Welfare Analysis Using Data from the International Comparison Program for Africa


The International Comparison Program (ICP) was introduced in 1968 by the UN Statistical Commission, and housed initially at the University of Pennsylvania, to establish a system of international comparison of national account aggregates free from differences in price levels across countries1 . The Data collection started in 1970 with 10 countries and this increased to 197 countries in 2005. The number of African countries covered in this survey during this period increased from 1 to 48. Since 1985, the ICP has been managed by the ICP Global Office and is housed at the World Bank.

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