Qualitative input-output : minimal flow analysis applied to Queensland 1973-90

Cook, Averil. (1997). Qualitative input-output : minimal flow analysis applied to Queensland 1973-90 Master's Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Cook, Averil.
Thesis Title Qualitative input-output : minimal flow analysis applied to Queensland 1973-90
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1997
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 57
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
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An input-output table provides a quantitative picture of an economy (regional or national) for a particular period which is usually one year. The picture is formed by recording all the economic transactions that occur between the various sectors of the economy. A criticism often levelled at Input-Output is that the recorded transaction values are often inaccurate due to unavailability of data. A qualitative approach to analysing an Input-Output table partially overcomes these criticisms since this approach does not deal with the actual values of the transactions but is more interested in the linkages between the sectors. A representation of the structure of an economy from the point of view of the number and the strengths of connections between sectors can therefore be obtained.

A recent extension of the usual qualitative input-output analysis has been developed in Germany by Prof. H. Schnabl, who has called the process Minimal Flow Analysis. It is designed to analyse the structural change which has occurred in an economy over time, and has been applied in this thesis to the Input-Output tables for Queensland covering the period from 1973 to 1990. The results show an increasing structural complexity associated with a shift from primary to tertiary activities. This evidence is important from a policy viewpoint as Queensland struggles to maintain its competitiveness within the Australian and world economies.

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