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The Global MRIO Lab – charting the world economy


  • Manfred Lenzen
  • Arne Geschke
  • Muhammad Daaniyall Abd Rahman
  • Yanyan Xiao
  • Jacob Fry
  • Rachel Reyes
  • Erik Dietzenbacher
  • Satoshi Inomata
  • Keiichiro Kanemoto
  • Bart Los
  • Daniel Moran
  • Hagen Schulte in den Bäumen
  • Arnold Tukker
  • Terrie Walmsley
  • Thomas Wiedmann
  • Richard Wood
  • Norihiko Yamano


We describe the creation of the Global Multi-Region Input–Output (MRIO) Lab, which is a cloud-computing platform offering a collaborative research environment through which participants can use each other’s resources to assemble their own individual MRIO versions. The Global MRIO Lab’s main purpose is to harness and focus previously disparate resources aimed at compiling large-scale MRIO databases that provide comprehensive representations of interregional trade, economic structure, industrial interdependence, as well as environmental and social impact. Based on the operational Australian Industrial Ecology Lab, a particularly important feature of this cloud environment is a highly detailed regional and sectoral taxonomy called the ‘root classification’. The purpose of this root is to serve as a feedstock from which researchers can choose any combination of regions and economic sectors to form a model of the economy that is suitable to address their particular research questions. Thus, the Global MRIO Lab concept enables enhanced flexibility in MRIO database construction whilst at the same time saving resources and avoiding duplication, by sharing time- and labour-intensive tasks amongst multiple research teams. We explain the concept, architecture, development and preliminary results of the Global MRIO Lab, and discuss its ability to continuously deliver some of the most prominent world MRIO databases.

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  • Manfred Lenzen & Arne Geschke & Muhammad Daaniyall Abd Rahman & Yanyan Xiao & Jacob Fry & Rachel Reyes & Erik Dietzenbacher & Satoshi Inomata & Keiichiro Kanemoto & Bart Los & Daniel Moran & Hagen Sch, 2017. "The Global MRIO Lab – charting the world economy," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(2), pages 158-186, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:29:y:2017:i:2:p:158-186
    DOI: 10.1080/09535314.2017.1301887

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    1. Dr. Markus Flaute & Dr. Christian Lutz & Martin Distelkamp, 2017. "Der Einsatz von MRIO zur Berechnung der Fußabdrücke von Nationen – eine Anwendung der EXIOBASE-Datenbank," GWS Discussion Paper Series 17-7, GWS - Institute of Economic Structures Research.

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