Dataset

Real effective exchange rates for 178 countries: a new database

Publishing date
12 September 2022
Authors
Zsolt Darvas
Real effective exchange rates for 178 countries: a new database

Last update: 12 September 2022

This database includes real and nominal effective exchange rates from the papers:

The earlier methodological description of the dataset was published in:

The real effective exchange rate (REER), which measures the development of the real value of a country’s currency against the basket of the trading partners of the country, is a frequently used variable in both theoretical and applied economic research and policy analysis. It is used for a wide variety of purposes, such as assessing the equilibrium value of a currency, the change in price or cost competitiveness, the drivers of trade flows, or incentives for reallocation production between the tradable and the non-tradable sectors.

Due to the importance of the REER in economic research and policy analysis, several institutions, such as the World Bank, the Eurostat, the BIS, the OECD, just to name a few, publish various REER indicators which are freely downloadable. Altogether, these institutions publish data for 113 countries. The countries for which data is available include all advanced and several emerging and developing countries. However, these databases do not include many countries and some data is released with a delay.

Our database includes the following data:

Annual consumer price index (CPI) based REERs for 178 countries plus the euro area.

It has two versions:

  • The broad index considers 172 trading partners and is available from 1995.
  • The narrow index considers 67 trading partners and is available from 1960.

Monthly consumer price index (CPI) based REERs for 177 countries plus the euro area.

It also has two versions:

  • The broad index considers 120 trading partners and is available from 1993.
  • The narrow index considers 51 trading partners and is available from 1960.

For each REER time series, our dataset also includes the corresponding nominal effective exchange rate (NEER) series.

The database is regularly updated.

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About the authors

  • Zsolt Darvas

    Zsolt Darvas, a Hungarian citizen, joined Bruegel as a Visiting Fellow in September 2008 and continued his work at Bruegel as a Research Fellow from January 2009, before being appointed Senior Fellow from September 2013. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

    From 2005 to 2008, he was the Research Advisor of the Argenta Financial Research Group in Budapest. Before that, he worked at the research unit of the Central Bank of Hungary (1994-2005) where he served as Deputy Head.

    Zsolt holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Corvinus University of Budapest where he teaches courses in Econometrics but also at other institutions since 1994. His research interests include macroeconomics, international economics, central banking and time series analysis.

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