The terms “economic impact” and “economic contribution” are often used interchangeably. However, the results they provide differ significantly. Impact analyses predict economic shifts based on change in an industry. Contribution analyses model the effects supported by an existing business or industry in a defined area. Industry contribution analyses are particularly important to groups like trade organizations or businesses that would like to determine their overall economic contribution at their current production rate.
Contribution analysis is a modeling method used to estimate the value of a sector or group of sectors in a region at their current levels of production. Naturally, it is a valuable and useful tool for groups like industry associations and government entities that are evaluating the value of an industry to their community.