The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 155–170 | Cite as

Sources of structural change in the Washington economy

An input-output perspective
  • D. Holland
  • S. C. Cooke


This paper analyzes changes in the structure of the Washington economy from 1963 to 1982. The empirical model utilizes data from the Washington state input-output tables for 1963 and for 1982. The model accounts for output change from a demand side perspective. Special attention is given to market diversification and the role of markets at the state, national and international levels in explaining real growth in given sector. Taking the service-producing sectors in Washington as an example, 48% of the real output change in the service sectors was associated with demand change from foreign and rest of the US sources, while 52% of service output change was associated with Washington intermediate and final demand variables. The implication is that important elements of Washington service-producing sectors are driven by demand exogenous to Washington and should properly be considered a part of Washington's economic base.


Empirical Model Environmental Economic Service Sector Urban Planning International Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Holland
    • 1
  • S. C. Cooke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural SociologyUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

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