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A comparison of energy self-reliance and industrial development using an input-output model
This theses compares the benefits of energy self reliance
strategies with the benefits of industrial development
strategies to determine which strategies create greater
benefits as a method of economic development. A critical
factor, which is examined, is the probability of success for
industrial development strategies as opposed to the near
certain benefits from the self-reliance strategies.
The methodology employs a Virginia input-output model
using a regional purchase coefficient technique to
regionalize the model for the New River Valley Region of
Virginia. The strategies are developed based on two
distinct expenditure levels, acting as resource constraints
on the strategy selection, in order to compare the return on