Reports 2019/37

Spillover-effects from the offshore petroleum to the mainland economy

This report documents our calculations of how much of the deliveries to the petroleum industry are supplied by other domestic industries and how much is imported. We make a distinction between direct and indirect deliveries, and between their use for investments and for intermediate consumption of operations.

The starting point for our calculations are input-output tables based on figures from the Norwegian national accounts. The tables show deliveries between industries (input) and the production (output) of each industry. We have estimated the share of the value added in each industry that can be linked to deliveries to the petroleum industry, and the fractions of the total demand from the petroleum industry that those shares constitute. Assuming proportionality between production and labor, we have also estimated the number of workers that are linked to the deliveries to the petroleum industry.

In 2017 about 28 percent of the petroleum industry’s demand for investment goods was imported directly, while domestic companies supplied the rest. The original demand from the petroleum industry generated a recursive chain of indirect deliveries from imports and domestic suppliers. Among these repercussions, deliveries from domestic suppliers and subsuppliers are of interest, in particular the value added – the gross product – and the employment this production gives rise to.

Our input-output calculations show that in 2017 there were about 139 500 employed workers who could be linked to the petroleum industry. Of these, a minority was employed in the petroleum industry, while a majority was employed in other industries that delivered goods or services to the petroleum industry either directly or indirectly. In every supplying industry, workers were assumed to be linked to the petroleum industry in proportion to the share of the gross product delivered to the petroleum industry. The resulting petroleum-related employment amounted to 5.1 per cent of total employment in 2017.

Based on our input-output calculations we can also estimate that the employment related to the petroleum industry was about 150 600 in 2016. The decline in the petroleum-related employment from 2016 to 2017 lead to a drop in its share of total employment from 5.5 per cent in 2016 to 5.1 per cent in 2017.

Our study analyzes the effects of changes in demand from the petroleum industry by identifying which industries are responsible for deliveries to the petroleum industry. It is not the same as the impact of the petroleum industry on the Norwegian economy. Ripple effects from household and government revenue from the petroleum activity, as well as the macroeconomic effects of these ripple effects, have not been analyzed here. Impacts related to the activity of supplier industries in the labor market and price formation are also not included in the analysis. Without demand from the petroleum industry, supplier companies could somehow turn to other markets.

Compared to previous reports, the level of the employment who can be linked to the petroleum industry is reduced. This is partly due to fact that there have been major changes in the input-output system in the national accounts. In addition, a new source for employment statistics have led to a downward revision of employment in the petroleum industry and some other industries.

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