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Estimation Of Symmetric Input-Output Tables: An Extension To Bohlin And Widell


  • Nicola Smith
  • Garry McDonald


This paper presents two optimisation models for use in the production of symmetric input-output tables (SIOTs) based on data contained within supply-use tables (SUTs). The first model produces commodity-by-commodity SIOTs derived from the selection of appropriate technology assumptions, while the second produces industry-by-industry SIOTs derived through the selection of appropriate sales structure assumptions. Both models address the problem of negative coefficients and also permit the use of rectangular SUTs as base input data. Additionally, this paper explores the development of a 'comprehensive model' enabling production of both commodity-by-commodity and industry-by-industry SIOTs that are conceptually and mathematically consistent.

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  • Nicola Smith & Garry McDonald, 2011. "Estimation Of Symmetric Input-Output Tables: An Extension To Bohlin And Widell," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(1), pages 49-72.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:23:y:2011:i:1:p:49-72
    DOI: 10.1080/09535314.2010.534977

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    1. Smith, Nicola J. & McDonald, Garry W. & Patterson, Murray G., 2014. "Is there overshoot of planetary limits? New indicators of human appropriation of the global biogeochemical cycles relative to their regenerative capacity based on ‘ecotime’ analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 80-92.


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