Kronenberg, Tobias and Többen, Johannes (2011): Regional inputoutput modelling in Germany: The case of North RhineWestphalia.

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The political system of Germany is characterized by strong federalist elements, which means that many important decisions of economic policy are made by the governments of the federal states or Länder. Unfortunately the statistical offices of the Länder do not produce regional inputoutput tables, claiming that they lack the resources (i.e. manpower) to do so. The lack of official inputoutput tables for the Länder forms a significant obstacle to the study of regional economic developments and hampers the ability of economists to provide wellinformed advice to regional policymakers. A similar situation prevails in many other European countries. This paper attempts to meliorate the situation by describing the process of constructing a regional inputoutput table (RIOT) for North RhineWestphalia (NRW), the largest federal state in terms of GDP and population. A first approximation is produced by applying the CHARM method to the national inputoutput table on the basis of regional and national employment data. This first approximation is then improved upon by adding additional information from various sources, including the statistical office of NRW and the household survey of income and expenditure. We conclude that it is possible to construct a meaningful RIOT even when resources (time and money) are severely limited if the available information is used in an efficient manner.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Regional inputoutput modelling in Germany: The case of North RhineWestphalia 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  regional inputoutput table; nonsurvey method; hybrid method; location quotient; impact analysis 
Subjects:  R  Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R1  General Regional Economics > R15  Econometric and InputOutput Models; Other Models C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6  Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C67  InputOutput Models 
Item ID:  35494 
Depositing User:  Tobias Kronenberg 
Date Deposited:  20. Dec 2011 21:21 
Last Modified:  12. Feb 2013 11:09 
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