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Community input-output models for rural area analysis with an example from central Idaho

  • M. Henry Robison

    (Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., 606 Hathaway St., Moscow, ID 83843-9506, USA)

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    In this paper we outline an I-O modeling approach tailored to the needs of rural area analysis. We cover four essential features. First, the rural area I-O model must convey an individual community focus. Second, the household sector must be defined in a manner that specifically captures the great openness of rural community economies. Third, the model should offer a degree of closure that provides an assessment of the community economic base. And finally, the rural community I-O model must be defined to include estimates of intercommunity trade, and intercommunity multiplier effects. Having laid the theoretical foundations, we identify subcounty data sources, and describe a collection of nonsurvey and hybrid approaches for estimating model components. The community I-O approach is illustrated next, with an empirical example from central Idaho. The paper closes with a discussion that considers the implications of community I-O in other contexts, including I-O analysis in less developed countries, and in addressing modeling issues in larger nonrural regions.

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    Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 325-351

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:31:y:1997:i:3:p:325-351
    Note: Received: 7 March 1996 / Accepted in revised form: 26 February 1997
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