1992 volume 24(7) pages 921 – 937

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Szyrmer J M, 1992, "Input - output coefficients and multipliers from a total flow perspective" Environment and Planning A 24(7) 921 – 937

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Input - output coefficients and multipliers from a total flow perspective

J M Szyrmer

Received 5 September 1991

Abstract. In this paper a framework for computing input - output coefficients and multipliers is considered which draws upon the so-called total-flow approach. The total-flow indicators express the total effect of a change in gross output rather than in final-demand deliveries. It is shown that these indicators significantly differ from their final-demand counterparts in their absolute values and in their ranking of input - output sectors. It is demonstrated that the final-demand-based coefficients and multipliers fail to express an overall effect of an industrial activity (economic sector) and caution must be used in their empirical applications and interpretations.

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