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Methodology used in the Forest Products Trade Flows Database, released as EFI Technical Report 100

The forest products trade flows database provides information on bilateral trade flows between 200 world countries and any of their trade partner for over 300 forest-based products between 2005 and 2015. The original data based on UN Comtrade contained missing or erroneous trade flows. Using various estimation methods, it was possible to assess the plausibility of trade flows data and to re-estimate some of the missing information. The methodology report describes an algorithm used to treat the data and its software implementation.

I implemented the algorithm in the form of an R package released on github at:

Members of the project described the methodology in a document recently released by the European Forest Institute, on October 3, 2017, under their Technical Report section: No 100.  The Forest Products Trade Flow Database – A reproducible method and tool to support the analysis of international forest products trade.

Rougieux, P., Van Brusselen, J., Lovrić, M., Kiljunen, J., Varis. S. and Zudin, S.

EFI In Focus : "New report on developing EFI’s Forest Products Trade Flow Database" 03.10.2017.

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