Assessing the National and Regional Economic and Social Effects of Nuclear Programmes

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code




Approved Date

13 March 2014


3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

5 September 2014

Expected End Date

31 December 2017

Completed Date

12 December 2018

Participating Countries

Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
South Africa
United States of America
Viet Nam


Participants in this CRP will review, test and apply prototype methodologies (quantitative models) to analyse economic and social impacts of nuclear programmes at the national and regional level. These methods assist policy makers in analysing key implications from nuclear projects. The IAEA has already initiated preparatory work on developing a set of analytical tools and frameworks for assessing the social and economic impacts of nuclear programmes. CRP participants will share their experiences in using IAEA tools for quantitative macroeconomic analysis of nuclear projects or their own existing models or tools, but Member States (MSs) with limited experience (“newcomers”) are also expected to benefit from CRP. This CRP will seek innovative ways of quantitative impact analysis by coordinating research efforts in MSs and supportive in-house activities.


The overall objective of this CRP is to enhance capabilities of Member States for macroeconomic impact analysis of nuclear projects at the national and regional level through introduction (further-development) of state-of-the-art economic modelling techniques and databases. In terms of policy-making, it is intended that this CRP will help Member States embarking on new nuclear programmes to objectively gauge how those programmes would perform in the overall context of their national economy.  

Specific objectives

a. Developing the database at the country and/or regional level is an important prerequisite for the subsequent macroeconomic impact assessment analysis. It should encompass all the relevant parameters required by the economic modelling tool applied in the second stage of the project. b. Developing and applying an economic modelling tool (in particular an input-output model) is one of the main activities within this CRP. The participants are expected to share their experiences in using Agency tools’ for quantitative macroeconomic analysis or their own existing models (tools).c. The developed (applied) modelling tool shall be used to quantify the relative contribution of nuclear energy production towards the economic and social indicators compared to the alternatives. d. In general, the impacts from a nuclear power programme on an economy can differ, depending for example on the size of the economy or its dependence on fuel imports. While taking national circumstances in account, it is expected that case studies will contribute to the better understanding of nuclear technology’s role in socioeconomic development.

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