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Constructing a Social Accounting Matrix for lYBIA


  • Kerwat, Jamal
  • Dewhurst, John
  • Molana, Hassan


In this paper a Social Accounting Matrix is constructed for Libya for the year 2000. The procedure was divided into three steps. First, a macro SAM was constructed to consistently capture and represent the macroeconomic framework of the Libyan economy in 2000. Second, that macro SAM was disaggregated into a micro SAM incorporating the accounts for individual activities, primary factors and the main economic institutions. But the SAM obtained in this way was not balanced. So in thE final step we balanced the SAM using a cross-entropy procedure in General Algebraic Modelling System (GAMS). This SAM integrates national income, inputoutput, flow-of-funds, and foreign trade statistics into a comprehensive and consistent dataset. The lack of coherent time series data for Libya is a serious obstacle for applied research that uses econometric analysis. Our main intension in constructing this SAM has been one of providing benchmark data for economy-wide analysis using CGE modelling for Libya.

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  • Kerwat, Jamal & Dewhurst, John & Molana, Hassan, 2009. "Constructing a Social Accounting Matrix for lYBIA," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-02, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  • Handle: RePEc:edn:sirdps:131

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    input-output table; social accounting matrix; national accounts; crossentropy;

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    • Y1 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Data: Tables and Charts
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies


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