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A Revision of the Tolerable Limits Approach: Searching for the Important Coefficients


  • Miguel angel Tarancon
  • Fernando Callejas
  • Erik Dietzenbacher
  • Michael Lahr


A wide range of approaches are available for classifying coefficients according to their importance to an economy. The 'tolerable limits' approach is one that has been extensively written about. Nevertheless, it seems unsuitable for assessing the overall importance of a coefficient to an economy, but instead appears to be rather well suited for determining how much a selling sector depends upon its customers. We therefore suggest two alternative approaches for measuring a sector's importance to an economy. The first is an application of the concept of elasticity based on Sherman and Morrison's (1950) formula. The second approach applies linear programming. We compare these various alternatives using the domestic IO tables of eight European countries.

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  • Miguel angel Tarancon & Fernando Callejas & Erik Dietzenbacher & Michael Lahr, 2008. "A Revision of the Tolerable Limits Approach: Searching for the Important Coefficients," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(1), pages 75-95.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:20:y:2008:i:1:p:75-95
    DOI: 10.1080/09535310801890714

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    1. Alcántara, Vicent & Tarancón, Miguel-Angel & del Río, Pablo, 2013. "Assessing the technological responsibility of productive structures in electricity consumption," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 457-467.
    2. Tarancon, Miguel Angel & Del Río, Pablo, 2012. "Assessing energy-related CO2 emissions with sensitivity analysis and input-output techniques," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 161-170.
    3. Tarancón, Miguel Angel & del Río, Pablo & Callejas Albiñana, Fernando, 2010. "Assessing the influence of manufacturing sectors on electricity demand. A cross-country input-output approach," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 1900-1908, April.
    4. Vicent Alcantara, 2015. "Economic growth and productive structure in an input/output model: An alternative coefficient sensitivity analysis (english version of working paper 11.08)," Working Papers wpdea1504, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.
    5. Tarancón, Miguel Ángel & del Río, Pablo & Callejas, Fernando, 2011. "Determining the responsibility of manufacturing sectors regarding electricity consumption. The Spanish case," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 46-52.


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