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Economic impact of port activity : a disaggregate analysis. The case of Antwerp


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  • F. Coppens

    (NBB, Microeconomic Information Department)

  • F. Lagneaux

    (NBB, Microeconomic Information Department)

  • G. van Gastel

    (NBB, Microeconomic Information Department)

  • H. Meersman

    (University of Antwerp (UA), Department of Transport and Regional Economics)

  • N. Sellekaerts

    (University of Antwerp (UA), Department of Transport and Regional Economics)

  • E. Van de Voorde

    (University of Antwerp (UA), Department of Transport and Regional Economics)

  • Th. Vanelslander

    (University of Antwerp (UA), Department of Transport and Regional Economics)

  • A. Verhetsel

    (University of Antwerp (UA), Department of Transport and Regional Economics)


The economic impact of the port sector is usually measured at an aggregate level by indicators such as value added, employment and investment. This paper tries to define the economic relevance for the regional as well as for the national economy at a disaggregate level. It attempts to identify, quantify and locate the mutual relationships between the various port players themselves and between them and other Belgian industries. Due to a lack of information foreign trade is only tackled very briefly but the method outlined in this paper can be used to measure the national effects of changes in port activity at a detailed level. A sector analysis is made by compiling a regional (regional as geographically opposed to national, not to be mistaken for the Belgian Regions Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia) input-output table, resorting to microeconomic data: a bottom-up approach. The main customers and suppliers of the port's key players or stakeholders are identified. A geographical analysis can also be carried out by using data at a disaggregate level. Each customer or supplier can be located by means of their postcode. In so doing, the economic impact of the port is quantified, both functionally and geographically. In the case of the port of Antwerp, the results show important links between freight forwarders and agents. The geographical analysis suggests the existence of major agglomerating effects in and around the port of Antwerp, referred to as a major transhipment location point. Key words: port economics, regional input-output table, sector analysis, geographical analysis.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Belgium in its series Working Paper Document with number 110.

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Length: 88 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:nbb:docwpp:200702-12

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Keywords: port economics; regional input-output table; sector analysis; geographical analysis;

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  1. Romeo Danielis & Romeo Danielis, 2012. "An input-output based methodology to estimate the economic role of a port: the case of the port system of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy," Working Papers 1202, SIET Società Italiana di Economia dei Trasporti e della Logistica, revised 2012.
  2. MEERSMAN, Hilde & VAN DE VOORDE, Eddy, 2014. "Port capacity extension. A trade-off between public investment and shipping companies' time losses," Working Papers 2014009, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.


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