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Technology of the preferences: linking consumption expenditures to value added with minimal information

Esteban Fernández-Vázquez () and Mònica Serrano ()
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Esteban Fernández-Vázquez: Universidad de Oviedo
Mònica Serrano: Universitat de Barcelona

No 2017/365, UB Economics Working Papers from Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB School of Economics

Abstract: The combination of consumption data from expenditure surveys with information contained in IO tables is a crucial step to structural change analysis. Herrendorf et al. (2013) focus the attention on applying a consistent definition of commodities on both the household and production sides —i.e. estimation of utility and production functions— when connecting models with data in any multisector general equilibrium model. The point of departure of these analyses consist, basically, on connecting the information on consumption made by households with the final demand vector (or matrix) present in the IO tables, which is then conveniently modified to produce the multipliers of interest. This process requires the construction of a concordance or bridge matrix to make this connection possible, since several issues affect the combination of these two data sources: differences in price valuation between consumption surveys and IO tables, the influence of taxes and margins or the different product classifications between these two frameworks make this combination a challenge for the researcher. In this paper we explore this challenge with a twofold purpose: (i) to investigate how important a “good” or “bad” conciliation of our consumption data between household surveys and IO tables affect our results in terms of the so-called total requirement matrix or impact analysis; and (ii) to propose a conciliation technique between both data structure, which using only minimal information provides a systematic way or reconciling them if detailed data are not at hand. This technique is based on entropy econometrics and it allows making statistical inference on the bridge matrix estimated. Both research objectives are illustrated by means of numerical simulation and by its application to a real-world case.

Keywords: Expenditure surveys; Input-output tables; Structural change; Multisector model; Econometrics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C1 O11 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2017
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