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Network structure of inter-industry flows


  • James McNerney
  • Brian D. Fath
  • Gerald Silverberg


We study the structure of inter-industry relationships using networks of money flows between industries in 20 national economies. We find these networks vary around a typical structure characterized by a Weibull link weight distribution, exponential industry size distribution, and a common community structure. The community structure is hierarchical, with the top level of the hierarchy comprising five industry communities: food industries, chemical industries, manufacturing industries, service industries, and extraction industries.

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  • James McNerney & Brian D. Fath & Gerald Silverberg, 2012. "Network structure of inter-industry flows," Papers 1204.4122,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1204.4122

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