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Germany’s Index of Import and Export Prices from 1950 to 2005.

Version
1.0.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Sensch, Jürgen
Publication Date
2010-10-12
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
Description
  • Abstract

    This study deals with the price development of import and export goods as a part of transactions carried out in the context of foreign trade. On the basis of the foreign trade price statistics (as part of the official statistics), the trend of prices shall be constantly monitored. For this special purpose foreign trade price indices are calculated. Foreign trade price indices measures the price trends of all goods traded between the Federal Republic of Germany and abroad. The reference parameter of the overall indices of import or export prices is the sum of import values and export values in the base year, as they are detected by the external trade statistics. In regard to the main calculation processes, the indices can be seen as the weigthed average of individual price change figures, which were calculated for a representative selection of import and export goods (the so called price representatives, or ‘Preisrepräsentanten’). The import and export values of those results of the base year’s event, for which a specific price range is considered to be representative, serves as weighting figures or weighting pattern. The index is calculated by using the so called Laspayres-formula. With the aim to collect import and export prices monthly surveys of import and export enterprises are made. In the framework of these surveys the prices of about 6500 selected products are gathered. Information on the reporting month average prices of all contracts is collected. The reported prices are actual prices charged and not list prices, and they refer to the value ‘free German border / frei deutsche Grenzen” (‘cif’ for import prices, and ‘fob’ for export prices). Public charges (i.e. taxes, customs duties, absorptions, monetary compensatory amounts, import turnover tax ) are not enclosed into this prices . In foreign currency reported prices are converted on the basis of the current exchange rate. About 2980 reporting departments collecting 13000 price series. Foreign trade indices: Foreign trade indices are not only calculated and published for the entire import and export prices, but also for a large number of commodities of various aggregation levels. The export prices are published according to the following commodity systematics: a) commodity group of food industry and manufacturing sectors b) according to the predominant use of commodities, a classification, which serves primarily to distinguish between capital and consumer goods c) according to one- and two-digit items of the international foreign trade commodity index d) according to selected items of the systematic nomenclature of goods for the production statistics. The present data collection is on the basis of a) and d). Data tables in the search and download system HISTAT (topic: foreign trade / Außenhandel): Study description and data description in HISTAT only available in German. A. Overvies A.01 Übersicht: Index der Ausfuhrpreise (1954-2005) (index of export prices) A.02 Übersicht: Index der Einfuhrpreise (1950-2005) (index of import prices) A.03 Terms of Trade (1954-2005) B. Data tables by commodity groups of the foreign trade B.01 Warengruppen: Index der Ausfuhrpreise (1954 -2005) (Index of export prices) B.02 Warengruppen: Index der Einfuhrpreise (1950-2005) (index of import prices) C. Data tables according to production management context C.01a Produktionswirtschaftlicher Zusammenhang: Index der Ausfuhrpreise ausgewählter Gütergruppen, bis Basisjahr 1991=100 (1954-1998) (index of export prices of selected commodity groups, up to base year 1991=100) C.01b Produktionswirtschaftlicher Zusammenhang: Index der Ausfuhrpreise ausgewählter Gütergruppen, veränderte Systematik, Basisjahre 1995/2000=100 (1994-2005) (index of selected commodity groups, changed systematics, base years 1995/2000=100) C.02a Produktionswirtschaftlicher Zusammenhang: Index der Einfuhrpreise ausgewählter Gütergruppen, bis Basisjahr 1991=100 (1950-1998) (Index of import prices of selected commodity groups, up to base year 1991=100) C.02b Produktionswirtschaftlicher Zusammenhang: Index der Einfuhrpreise ausgewählter Gütergruppen, veränderte Systematik, Basisjahre 1995/2000=100 (1994-2005) (Index of import prices of selected commodity groups, changed systematics, base years 1995/2000=100)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950 / 2005
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Publications of the official statistics, edited by the Federal Statistical Office, Wiesbaden): - Statistisches Jahrbuch für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland; - Fachserie M, Preise, Löhne, Wirtschaftsrechnungen. Reihe 1, Preise und Preisindices für Außenhandelsgüter: Einfuhr- und Ausfuhrpreise; - Fachserie 17, Preise. Reihe 8, Preisindizes für die Ein- und Ausfuhr; Fachserie 17, Preise. Reihe 8.1, Preisindizes für die Einfuhr 2007. (www.destatis.de). Fachserie 17, Preise. Reihe 8.2, Preisindizes für die Ausfuhr 2007. (www.destatis.de).
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 55
    Number of Variables: 565
Availability
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8395 (Type: ZA-No.)
Publications
  • Sensch, Jürgen, 2010: Index der Einfuhrpreise und Ausfuhrpreise, Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1950 – 2005. GESIS - Datenkompilation. [Siehe auch die Angaben zu den verwendeten Quellen in der Zeile ‚Quelle’ der Datentabellen.]

Update Metadata: 2017-12-29 | Issue Number: 74 | Registration Date: 2011-02-25

Sensch, Jürgen (2010): Index der Einfuhrpreise und Ausfuhrpreise, Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1950 – 2005.. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10260