Potentials and prospects for micro–macro modelling in regional science

Eveline van Leeuwen*, Graham Clarke, Kristinn Hermannsson, Kim Swales

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There has been much progress in regional science with the development and application of both multi-sectoral macro-economic models and microsimulation models of household attributes. Yet, to date, there have been few, if any, major projects to link both models within a regional economic system. The aim of this chapter is to put forward a number of benefits of model linkage. Using the case study of the Western Isles in Scotland, U.K., we show the benefits of linking both model types through investigating the impact of an injection of new jobs into the economy. By linking households to jobs, we are able to not only model the impact of new jobs on other industrial sectors through the Western Isles input–output (IO) model but also on individual households and their attributes using the Western Isles microsimulation model (MSM).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional Research Frontiers
Subtitle of host publicationVol. 2 - Methodological Advances, Regional Systems Modeling and Open Sciences
EditorsRandall Jackson, Peter Schaeffer
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319505909
ISBN (Print)9783319505893, 9783319844367
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Spatial Science
ISSN (Print)14309602
ISSN (Electronic)21979375


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