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Adding country resolution to EXIOBASE: impacts on land use embodied in trade

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  • Eivind Lekve Bjelle

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

  • Johannes Többen

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

  • Konstantin Stadler

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

  • Thomas Kastner

    (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
    Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBIK-F))

  • Michaela C. Theurl

    (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU))

  • Karl-Heinz Erb

    (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU))

  • Kjartan-Steen Olsen

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

  • Kirsten S. Wiebe

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
    SINTEF Industry)

  • Richard Wood

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

Abstract

Multiregional input–output (MRIO) databases are used to analyze the impact of resource use and environmental impacts along global supply chains. To accurately account for pressures and impacts that are highly concentrated in specific sectors or regions of the world, such as agricultural and land-use-related impacts, MRIO databases are being fueled by increasingly more detailed data. To date no MRIO database exists which couples a high level of harmonized sector detail with high country resolution. Currently available databases either aggregate minor countries into rest-of-the-world (WIOD and EXIOBASE 3), or the high country resolution is achieved at the cost of non-harmonized or lower sectoral detail (Eora, OECD-ICIO or the GTAP-MRIO). This aggregation can cause potentially significant differences in environmental and socioeconomic impact calculations. In this paper, we describe the development of an EXIOBASE 3 variant that expands regional coverage from 49 regions to 214 countries, while keeping the high and harmonized sectoral detail. We show the relevance of disaggregation for land-use accounting. Previous rest-of-the-world regions supply one-third of global land, which is used to produce a large range of different products under very different levels of productivity. We find that the aggregation of regions leads to a difference in the balance of land embodied in trade of up to 6% and a difference of land embodied in imports of up to 68% for individual countries and up to 600% for land-use-relevant sectors. Whilst the database can still be considered experimental, it is expected to increase the accuracy of estimates for environmental footprint studies of the original EXIOBASE countries, and provides the first estimates for the countries in the previous rest-of-the world.

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  • Eivind Lekve Bjelle & Johannes Többen & Konstantin Stadler & Thomas Kastner & Michaela C. Theurl & Karl-Heinz Erb & Kjartan-Steen Olsen & Kirsten S. Wiebe & Richard Wood, 2020. "Adding country resolution to EXIOBASE: impacts on land use embodied in trade," Journal of Economic Structures, Springer;Pan-Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS), vol. 9(1), pages 1-25, December.
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