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Which Industries to Bail Out First in Economic Recession? Ranking U.S. Industrial Sectors by the Power-of-Pull

Jianxi Luo

Singapore University of Technology and Design; New York University

January 1, 2009

Forthcoming in Economic Systems Research

There have been intense debates regarding which industrial sectors should be prioritized for receiving bailout in economic recessions. This paper takes a network perspective to rank sectors according to the Power-of-Pull, i.e. a sector’s power to pull the overall economy. An eigenvector method is employed to assess the Power-of-Pull of sectors in the United States, using input-output data from 1998 to 2010. The results support bailout to the motor vehicle sector, but argue against bailout to public infrastructure, health care and IT design and service sectors, and also reveal the continual decline of Power-of-Pull ranking of computer and electronics manufacturing sector over time. These results confirm some but also show little support to some other economic revival policies of the Obama Administration in the United States.

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Keywords: Economic recession, Bailout; Stimulus, Network analysis, Power-of-Pull, Input-Output table

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Date posted: July 7, 2009 ; Last revised: February 13, 2013

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Luo, Jianxi, Which Industries to Bail Out First in Economic Recession? Ranking U.S. Industrial Sectors by the Power-of-Pull (January 1, 2009). Forthcoming in Economic Systems Research. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1430162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1430162

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Jianxi Luo (Contact Author)
Singapore University of Technology and Design ( email )
20 Dover Drive
Singapore, 138682
New York University ( email )
United States
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