Inventory investment and sectoral characteristics in some OECD countries

Chikán, Attila, Kovács, Erzsébet and Matyusz, Zsolt (2011) Inventory investment and sectoral characteristics in some OECD countries. International Journal of Production Economics, 133 (1). pp. 2-11. DOI 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.08.005

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This paper discusses the effects of sectoral structure on the long run macroeconomic inventory behaviour of national economies. Data on 15 OECD countries are included in the analysis, which is based on correlation and cluster analysis methodologies. The study is part of a long-term research project exploring factors influencing the inventory behaviour of national economies. First, we introduce some basic characteristics of macroeconomic inventory formation in the 15 OECD countries. We argue that our previous results on the existence of specific characteristic features of macroeconomic inventory investment are justified, hence it makes sense to study the factors influencing these features. We then examine the contribution of various sectors to the production of in the countries involved and the relationship between sectoral structure and inventory intensity (annual inventory change/Gross Value Added). We find that the high share of agriculture and manufacturing increases inventory intensity, that the increasing share of services has a negative effect and that the role of construction and trade is not obvious. The relatively low stability of the statistical results warns us to be cautious with our judgements. Further, case-by-case analysis would be required to obtain more solid results.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:National inventories, Inventory investment, Gross value added, Macroeconomic factors, Sectoral structure
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute of Business Economics > Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Faculty of Economics > Department of Operations Research and Actuarial Sciences
Subjects:Economic development
Logistics, production management
ID Code:380
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:02 Jun 2011 15:09
Last Modified:28 Jan 2015 10:33

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