In response to the demand for economic base assessments in different counties and small regions, an automated social accounting matrix (ASAM) was developed through a fruitful collaboration between graduate students and Extension faculty. ASAM uses direct or customized secondary information from IMPLAN to estimate the economic contributions of different sectors and their economic multipliers. Tabular and graphic results can be rapidly customized for discussions in communities of practice. ASAM is a tool that can foster teachable moments.
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Rodriguez, A., Braak, W. J., & Watson, P. (2011). Getting to Know the Economy in Your Community: Automated Social Accounting. The Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss4/14