Distributing the Gains from Waterfront Productivity Improvements
Despite significant increases in waterfront productivity in recent years, waterfront users have complained that reductions in charges have been insufficient. This paper applies an indexing method that allows us to construct 'what-if' scenarios where the contribution of productivity, price changes and changes in firm size to stevedore profitability can clearly be seen. We then calculate the distribution of the benefits of productivity improvements between customers, labour and shareholders. We find that the direct purchasers of stevedoring services have reaped gains from waterfront reform over the past five years, receiving around 67 per cent of the available 'productivity dividend' in the form of lower real stevedoring prices. Copyright © 2004 Economic Society of Australia..
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Volume (Year): 80 (2004)
Issue (Month): s1 (September)
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