A flexible adaptation of the WIOD database in a virtual laboratory

Muhammad Daaniyall Abd Rahman, Bart Los, Arne Geschke, Yanyan Xiao, Keiichiro Kanemoto, Manfred Lenzen

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The World Input-Output Database provides a time series of world input–output tables (WIOTs) that have been used for example to understand the manifold effects of the increased integration of markets through international trade. In order to enhance the flexibility of research on global trade issues using WIOD, we implement the WIOT workflow in a collaborative, cloud-based virtual laboratory environment. We demonstrate that a lab-based adaptation of WIOD is able (a) to continuously create and update versions of the WIOTs in a timely, consistent, and cost-effective way, (b) to enhance original information with accompanying information on standard deviations, and (c) to enable flexible re-casting of the entire WIOT time series into user-specific geographical and sectoral classifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-208
Number of pages22
JournalEconomic Systems Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 3


  • Multi-region input–output database
  • constrained optimisation
  • virtual laboratories


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