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Should Purchasing Power Parity be utilized in Global Market Research Benchmarking Studies?

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 2:30:00 PM

What is the impact of currency fluctuations? 

Currency fluctuations are an important and often-discussed topic our global benchmarking studies. The exchange rate of one currency versus the other is influenced by numerous fundamental and technical factors. These include relative supply and demand of the two currencies, economic performance, outlook for inflation, interest rate differentials, capital flows, technical support and resistance levels, and so on. As these factors are generally in a state of perpetual flux, currency values fluctuate from one moment to the next. To account for this flux, we have to adjust currency metrics to a common currency rate in order to neutralize the currency fluctuations in the global exchange rates in order to benchmark management education programs.

In order to benchmark tuitions (program costs), salaries and other economic indicators, we must compare the value of the output from different countries. However, many institutions will report data in their native currency. That means that to compare the data, each country's statistics must be converted into a common currency. However, there are several ways to conduct that conversion and each may provide a markedly different result.

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Tags: Analysis/Reporting, PPP