I am very new to IMPLAN and am working on an EIA for a university. I have three counties within the state that I am targeting for the analysis as these counties are within the area of immediate influence of the university. I have collected salary and wages information for employees residing in these counties along with all university expenditures to vendors in this area. For two of the three counties, I was able to import Sector 473 (jr. college, colleges and universities)spending patterns as an activity and normalize the data since I had exact expenditures for each county. After analysis, this resulted in zero direct effects where I could add my labor income (salary/wages/benefits), calculate value added and Output, limiting leakage. My third county says there isn't a sector 473 present in the county so all I can do is add sector 473 as an activity without normalizing the data to get the value added information. The results are very low. For example, the direct effects for labor income and output are significantly lower then my actual numbers. Do I add my actual numbers to direct effects results (labor income, value added and output)? I may be incorrect but I thought that the Direct Effect of Labor Income should equal my actual labor; the Direct Effect of value added was value added (calculated using ratios from the industry Balance Sheet and salary + expenditures) plus Labor Income; and Direct Effect of Output was Direct Effect of Value Added plus my direct output (vendor expenses in my case).
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