Leontief's Great Leap Forward: Beyond Quesnay, Marx and von Bortkiewicz
Wassily Leontief's input-output analysis is often interpreted simply as a logical next step in the chain of ideas from Quesnay to Marx to von Bortkiewicz, the last of these having been Leontief's thesis adviser in Berlin. Here, it is shown that input-output is far more than that. Unlike any predecessor, it is a flexible model with widely varied applications that permits direct empirical evaluation. This is illustrated by application to net energy calculations, showing that the normal evaluation methods that ignore input-output considerations probably overestimate by 20 to 60% the net energy yield of projects designed to save energy.
Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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- Baumol, William J & Wolff, Edward N, 1981. "Subsidies to New Energy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 89(5), pages 891-913, October.
- Heinz Kurz & Neri Salvadori, 2000. "'Classical' Roots of Input-Output Analysis: A Short Account of its Long Prehistory," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 153-179.
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