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Sensitivity And Uncertainty Analysis In Mrio Modelling; Some Empirical Results With Regard To The Dutch Carbon Footprint

  • Harry C. Wilting
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    Environmental multi-regional input--output (MRIO) models require large amounts of data that all have their specific uncertainties. This paper presents a sensitivity and uncertainty analysis in order to gain an understanding of the directions in which efforts should be made to reduce these uncertainties. The analyses were carried out for an MRIO model to calculate the Dutch carbon footprint. A sensitivity analysis of the technical coefficients showed that changes in the coefficients in the domestic blocks and in the Dutch import blocks had the largest effects on the calculated footprint. The uncertainty analysis consisting of a Monte Carlo simulation based on probability distributions around the model coefficients showed a relatively low degree of uncertainty in the total Dutch carbon footprint; uncertainties in the carbon emissions allocated to regions, sectors and products were larger. Both analyses showed that, in certain cases, it is justified to apply a partial MRIO analysis.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic Systems Research.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 (September)
    Pages: 141-171

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:24:y:2012:i:2:p:141-171
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