An Illustrated User Guide to the World Input–Output Database: The Case of Global Automotive Production

31 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2015

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Marcel P. Timmer

University of Gronigen - Faculty of Economics

Erik Dietzenbacher

University of Groningen - Department of Economics

Bart Los

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics

Robert Stehrer

Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW)

Gaaitzen J. De Vries

University of Groningen

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

This article provides guidance to prudent use of the World Input–Output Database (WIOD) in analyses of international trade. The WIOD contains annual time‐series of world input–output tables and factor requirements covering the period from 1995 to 2011. Underlying concepts, construction methods and data sources are introduced, pointing out particular strengths and weaknesses. We illustrate its usefulness by analyzing the geographical and factorial distribution of value added in global automotive production and show increasing fragmentation, both within and across regions. Possible improvements and extensions to the data are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Timmer, Marcel P. and Dietzenbacher, Erik and Los, Bart and Stehrer, Robert and De Vries, Gaaitzen J., An Illustrated User Guide to the World Input–Output Database: The Case of Global Automotive Production (August 2015). Review of International Economics, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 575-605, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2632748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roie.12178

Marcel P. Timmer (Contact Author)

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Erik Dietzenbacher

University of Groningen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bart Los

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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Robert Stehrer

Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW) ( email )

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Austria

Gaaitzen J. De Vries

University of Groningen

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