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Relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in US counties

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  • van den Heuvel, Frank P.
  • Rivera, Liliana
  • van Donselaar, Karel H.
  • de Jong, Ad
  • Sheffi, Yossi
  • de Langen, Peter W.
  • Fransoo, Jan C.

Abstract

This paper analyzes the relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in the US. It develops an accessibility measure relevant for logistics companies based on a gravity model. This allows for an analysis of the accessibility of US counties focusing on four different modes of transportation: road, rail, air, and maritime. Using a Partial Least Squares model, these four different freight accessibility measures are combined into two constructs, continental and intercontinental freight accessibility, and related to logistics employment. Results show that highly accessible counties attract more logistics employment than other counties. The analyses show that it is very important to control for the effect of the county population on both freight accessibility and logistics employment. While county population explains the most variation in the logistics employment per county, there is a significant relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment, when controlling for this effect.

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  • van den Heuvel, Frank P. & Rivera, Liliana & van Donselaar, Karel H. & de Jong, Ad & Sheffi, Yossi & de Langen, Peter W. & Fransoo, Jan C., 2014. "Relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in US counties," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 91-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:59:y:2014:i:c:p:91-105
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2013.11.002
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