Disaggregating input-output models with incomplete information

Sören Lindner, Julien Legault, Dabo Guan

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Disaggregating a sector within the Leontief input-output (IO) framework is not a straightforward task since there is more than one possibility for the unknown technical coefficients of the disaggregated IO table, and more information than what is embodied in the aggregated IO table is thus required. This paper presents a methodology for disaggregating sectors into an arbitrary number of new sectors when the only available information about the newly formed sectors is their output weights. A random walk algorithm is used to explore the polytope containing the admissible combinations for the unknown technical coefficients of the disaggregated IO table. These combinations are then used to construct the probability distribution of the coefficients of the inverse Leontief matrix. The methodology is illustrated by disaggregating the electricity production sector of China's 2007 IO table and by looking at the probability distribution of the CO2 emission intensity factors of the sectors of the economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-347
Number of pages19
JournalEconomic Systems Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Aggregation
  • Disaggregation
  • Electricity sector
  • Input-output analysis
  • Uncertainty analysis

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