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Building macro SAMs from cross-country databases: method and matrices for 133 countries

Martin Cicowiez, Hans Lofgren, Martin Cicowiez and Hans Lofgren
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Martín Cicowiez () and Hans Lofgren

No 8273, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Social accounting matrices (SAMs) are the key data input for computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. After a brief introduction to SAMs, this paper presents a method and related computer program for constructing macro SAMs from cross-country databases. The method is demonstrated in an appendix where it is used to build such a SAM for Guinea in Excel. With the help of the program, macro SAMs were built for 133 countries, including many low-income and/or fragile countries. The SAMs and the code for the program are available in electronic form. A companion paper presents a CGE model with a user-friendly interface for which such SAMs provide the bulk of the data needed for macro applications.

Keywords: Macroeconomic Management; International Trade and Trade Rules (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-12-13
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