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original: Economic complexity as network complication: Multiregional input-output structural path analysis

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  • Michael Sonis

    (Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL 61801, USA)

  • Geoffrey J. D. Hewings

    (Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL 61801, USA)

Abstract

This paper presents a description of some fundamental properties of networks of economic selfinfluence and transfer of economic influence within hierarchies of economic sub-systems using structural path analysis within a multiregional input-output system. In this fashion, exchange between sectors, activities and regions is viewed as a network that can be decomposed hierarchically; economic complexity is viewed as an emerging property of the process of network complication that accompanies the augmentation of inputs and the growing synergetic interactions between regional sub-systems. For the reasons of clarity, the cases of two and three regions are considered in detail. The treatment of the general case of n regions and the graph-theoretical description of the global augmentation process of the network complication is presented in two appendices, where the mathematical proofs can be found. It is expected that this analysis will provide a methodology that will be useful in understanding regional economic sustainability (i.e., spatial and temporal invariability), structural stability and structural changes in economic networks as well as providing insights into the role of internal and external trade between regions. To support this expectation, the detailed theoretical analysis of the block structural paths in the social accounting system is presented supplemented by economic analysis of the Indonesian social accounting matrices for 1975, 1980 and 1985.

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  • Michael Sonis & Geoffrey J. D. Hewings, 1998. "original: Economic complexity as network complication: Multiregional input-output structural path analysis," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 32(3), pages 407-436.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:32:y:1998:i:3:p:407-436
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    4. Hidekazu Itoh, 2015. "An Interregional SAM Construction focused on Institutional Sectors and Structural Path Analysis in Japan," Post-Print hal-01123567, HAL.
    5. Karima Kourtit & Daniel Arribas-Bel & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "High performers in complex spatial systems: a self-organizing mapping approach with reference to The Netherlands," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 48(2), pages 501-527, April.
    6. Thurlow, James & Yang, Ling & Lahr, Michael L., 2012. "The (Declining) Role of Households in Sustaining China's Economy: Structural Path Analysis for 1997-2007," WIDER Working Paper Series 083, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    7. Lenzen, Manfred & Bhaduri, Anik & Moran, Daniel & Kanemoto, Keiichiro & Bekchanov, Maksud & Geschke, Arne & Foran, Barney, 2012. "The role of scarcity in global virtual water flows," Discussion Papers 133478, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
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    9. Hidekazu Itoh, 2016. "Understanding of economic spillover mechanism by structural path analysis: a case study of interregional social accounting matrix focused on institutional sectors in Japan," Journal of Economic Structures, Springer;Pan-Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS), vol. 5(1), pages 1-20, December.

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