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Faculty of Economics and Business
GGDC Global Value Chains WIOD

Initial WIOD Project

Grant Agreement no: 225 281

A first version of the World Input-Output Database was constructed within the official WIOD Project, funded by the European Commision as part of the 7th Framework Programme, Theme 8: Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities. This project ran from May 2009 and ended in April 2012. The database was offically launched on April 16, 2012 in Brussels, during a High-level conference on "Competitiveness, trade, environment and jobs in Europe: Insights from the new World Input Output Database (WIOD)", attended by EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. This page presents the original project documentation.

Archived Project Website

The contents of the original WIOD website have been copied to these pages. The original project website has been archived and is no longer maintained.


World Input-Output Database: Construction and Applications

Policy makers and societies at large are facing increasingly pressing trade-offs between socio-economic and environmental objectives. Increasing global integration through international trade and technological development is linked to an increasing inequality between countries as well as between various classes within society. Increases in production induce growth in the use of non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels and generate higher levels of waste and emissions of environmental pollutants. These developments have a global character and any analysis of their causes and effects needs to recognize the dynamic interrelatedness of countries and industries. The World Input Output Database (WIOD) project (which ran from May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2012) has developed new databases, accounting frameworks and models to increase our understanding of the above-mentioned phenomena. The core of the database is a set of harmonized supply and use tables, alongside with data on international trade in goods and services. These two sets of data have been integrated into sets of intercountry (world) input-output tables. Taken together with extensive satellite accounts with environmental and socio-economic indicators, these industry-level data provide the necessary input to several types of models that can be used to evaluate policies aimed at striking a balance between the various policy objectives.

WIOD Media Coverage

WIOD policy briefs and presentations

Title Reference
Slicing Up Global Value Chains GGDC Research Memorandum 135
Made in Europe? Trends in International Production Fragmentation GGDC Research Memorandum 131
Fragmentation, Incomes and Jobs. An analysis of European Competitiveness GGDC Research Memorandum 130
WIOD policy briefs
New measures of European Competitiveness: A Global Value Chain Perspective WIOD Working Paper 9
International integration of production: factor trade and employment effects WIOD Working Paper 7
How does international trade contribute to a sustainable growth of employment? Slides


1st WIOD Consortium Meeting Vienna, May 2010
2nd WIOD Consortium Meeting Seville, May 2011
Official WIOD Launch Brussels, April 2012
Final WIOD Conference Groningen, April 2012

WIOD Working Papers

Title Authors Date
1 The Choice of Model in the Construction of Industry Coefficients Matrices Jose M. Rueda-Cantuche and Thijs ten Raa June 2009
2 Projection of Supply and Use tables: methods and their empirical assessment Umed Temurshoev, Norihiko Yamano, and Colin Webb January 2010
3 Joint Estimation of Supply and Use Tables Umed Temurshoev and Marcel P. Timmer February 2010
4 Preferential Trade Agreements and the Structure of International Trade Neil Foster and Robert Stehrer February 2010
5 Fragmentation in an Inter-country Input-Output Framework Erik Dietzenbacher April 2012
6 Offshoring and the Skill Structure of Labour Demand Neil Foster, Robert Stehrer, Marcel Timmer, and Gaaitzen de Vries April 2012
7 Value Added and Factors in Trade: A Comprehensive Approach Robert Stehrer, Neil Foster, and Gaaitzen de Vries April 2012
8 Trade in Value Added and the Value Added in Trade Robert Stehrer April 2012
9 Fragmentation, Incomes and Jobs. An analysis of European competitiveness Marcel P. Timmer, Bart Los, Robert Stehrer, and Gaaitzen de Vries November 2012
10 The World Input-Output Database (WIOD): Contents, Sources and Methods Marcel P. Timmer et al. May 2012
11 Trade Performance in Internationally Fragmented Production Networks: Concepts and Measures Bart Los, Erik Dietzenbacher, Robert Stehrer, Marcel Timmer and Gaaitzen de Vries May 2012
12 Slicing Up Global Value Chains Marcel P. Timmer, Abdul Azeez Erumban, Bart Los, Robert Stehrer, Gaaitzen de vries September 2012
13 Whither Panama? Constructing a consistent and balanced world SUT system including international trade and transport margins Gerhard Streicher and Robert Stehrer October 2012
14 Accounting relations in bilateral value added trade Robert Stehrer November 2013
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