Planning for Sectors and Projects in Developing Countries: Applications of the Semi-Input-Output Method

Arie Kuyvenhoven


This article presents a special case of W. Leontiers
traditional input-output techniques, viz., J. Tinbcrgen's
semi-input-output method. Particularly suitable for planning purposes in
developing countries with open economies, the method emphasizes the role
of a country's comparative advantages for investment decisions at both
the sector and project level. The similarity of semi-input-output with
the Little-Mirrlees method of shadow pricing is shown. Empirical
applications for Nigeria are reviewed.

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