Unraveling the household heterogeneity in regional economic models: Some important challenges

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Sang Gyoo Yoon, Seryoung Park, Tae Jeong Kim, Kijin Kim, Kurt Kratena

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Regional modelers have spent a great deal of time and energy worrying about the level of sectoral aggregation but relatively little time considering the implications of aggregation of households into a representative household. In the US, households account for 70% of GDP on the expenditure side and increasing concerns about rising income inequality suggest that greater household disaggregation might be warranted. This paper provides a sampling of some evidence of the impacts for such disaggregation in regional econometric-input-output and computable general equilibrium models; attention is directed to disaggregation by age and income and a variety of experiments reveal the implications on a regional economy over the short- and long-run. Given the increasing attention on income distribution and inequality, the opportunity exists to provide important contributions to this literature by exploring the mechanisms of income formation, especially from non-wage and salary sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Spatial Science
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Spatial Science
ISSN (Print)1430-9602
ISSN (Electronic)2197-9375

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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