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

Marcel Timmer (), Erik Dietzenbacher, Bart Los (), Robert Stehrer and Gaaitzen de Vries

Review of International Economics, 2015, vol. 23, issue 3, 575-605

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.

Date: 2015
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