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Industrial ecology and input-output economics: an introduction

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  • Sangwon Suh
  • Shigemi Kagawa
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    Industrial ecology aims at closing material cycles within industrial systems by developing symbiotic functions among system components. How industrial systems are structured and how they transform, use and discard natural resources is, therefore, the key focus of industrial ecology. As an introduction to this issue of Economic Systems Research, which is themed around industrial ecology, the current paper aims to provide a background on industrial ecology, highlighting the role of and contributions from input-output economics. A brief history of industrial ecology and input-output economics is presented, focusing on a number of specific areas where the two disciplines overlap. The role of input-output economics in industrial ecology is discussed in terms of how input-output economics has been, and is being, utilized in industrial ecology. Finally the papers that are presented in this issue are briefly introduced.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic Systems Research.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 349-364

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:17:y:2005:i:4:p:349-364

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    Keywords: Input-output economics; inter-industry analysis; industrial ecology; industrial metabolism; history;

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    1. Taelim Choi & Randall W. Jackson & Nancey Green Leigh, 2009. "Constructing a Baseline Input-Output Model with Environmental Accounts (IOEA)," Working Papers 200903, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University.

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