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Efficiency Measurement in the Port Industry: A Survey of the Empirical Evidence

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  • María Manuela González
  • Lourdes Trujillo
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    The purpose of this paper is to further an understanding of the port sector through a systematic analysis of the existing studies assessing the economic efficiency and productivity of the sector. The emphasis is on the measurement methodologies, the variables used and the results in terms of the various port activities as well as on the relevance of dimensions such as port size, ownership, location, and so on. One of the main contributions of our analysis is the evidence provided for the need very clearly to isolate and spell out the port activity for which the efficiency assessment is being conducted. From an economic policy viewpoint, our assessment also points to the necessity to more closely involve the relevant authorities in order to improve the data collection system. © 2009 LSE and the University of Bath

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    Article provided by London School of Economics and University of Bath in its journal Journal of Transport Economics and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 43 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 157-192

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    Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:43:y:2009:i:2:p:157-192

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    2. de Langen, P.W. & Heij, C., 2013. "Performance Effects of the Corporatisation of Port of Rotterdam Authority," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI2013-06, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
    3. Angela Stefania Bergantino & Enrico Musso, 2011. "The role of external factors versus managerial ability in determining seaports’ relative efficiency: An input-by-input analysis through a multi-step approach on a panel of Southern European ports," Maritime Economics and Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 13(2), pages 121-141, June.
    4. Woo, Su-Han & Pettit, Stephen J. & Kwak, Dong-Wook & Beresford, Anthony K.C., 2011. "Seaport research: A structured literature review on methodological issues since the 1980s," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 45(7), pages 667-685, August.
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    7. Trujillo, Lourdes & González, María Manuela & Jiménez, Juan Luis, 2013. "An overview on the reform process of African ports," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 12-22.
    8. Bichou, Khalid, 2013. "An empirical study of the impacts of operating and market conditions on container-port efficiency and benchmarking," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 28-37.
    9. Sarriera, Javier Morales & Araya, Gonzalo & Serebrisky, Tomas & Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia & Schwartz, Jordan, 2013. "Benchmarking container port technical efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean : a stochastic frontier analysis," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6680, The World Bank.
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