Input Output - State and National Analysis Program

About IO-Snap

As an extension of their collaborative research efforts at the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University, Randall Jackson and Christa (Jensen) Court developed the IO-Snap software package to facilitate the use of BEA's input-output data from US national supply and use tables.

In addition to comprehensive economic data provision, IO-Snap is a software application with many analytical features including all aspects of fundamental input-output analyses.  Data can be edited and displayed in a variety of formats and compared and contrasted across geographical definitions at different times.  Cut and paste options are enabled throughout so that users can easily transfer data to spreadsheets for further analysis, graphing, etc. 

Our software supports the generation of Supply and Use Tables for the US, for states, for groups of states, and for generic regions defined by user input-data.  In the process of assembling the various utilities that support national and state-level input-output analysis, we also have created an environment that facilitates inter-state comparisons of input-output related variables such as employment and compensation.

IO-Snap is also built with data manipulation capabilities so that users are free to edit the data, which is an essential feature for building many types of regional models. IO-Snap is designed to provide users with maximum flexibility in modifying and manipulating national and regional IO data.

IO-Snap Developers

Dr. Randall Jackson has nearly three decades of national and regional input-output research and applications experience, and is among the nation’s foremost input-output modeling experts. He has published dozens of input-output articles in refereed journals, including the first formalized method for regionalizing U.S. national commodity industry accounts in Economic Systems Research in 1998.

After two decades as Director of WVU's Regional Research institute, Randy is President and owner of EconAlyze, LLC., and now spends his time on economic consulting and developing input-output software. He has served on editorial boards and published in a wide range of refereed journals and held leadership positions in regional science professional associations. He is a Fellow of both the Southern Regional Science Association and the Regional Science Association, International.

Dr. Christa (Jensen) Court has been involved in numerous funded projects involving input-output analysis and impacts assessments over the last decade and has a growing list of related publications. She has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. During her time at West Virginia University, Christa held the position of Graduate Research Fellow at the Regional Research Institute.

Currently, Christa is a Staff Scientist at MRIGlobal, an independent, not-for-profit research institute that specializes in innovation, technical excellence, and problem solving across the full spectrum of research and development. She also holds the position of Industry Liaison at the Regional Research Institute.