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Transport-mode competition in intra-national trade: An empirical investigation for the Spanish case

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  • Llano, C.
  • De la Mata, T.
  • Díaz-Lanchas, J.
  • Gallego, N.

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Trade within and between countries can take place by alternative transport modes. Economic and logistical complexity is fostering multimodality as well as transport-mode competition. The international trade literature has given little attention to this issue. The aim of this paper is to analyze transport-mode competition in inter-provincial deliveries within Spain. To this end, we use a detailed dataset with fifty inter-provincial, industry-specific flows by four transport modes (road, train, ship and aircraft). We then feed this dataset into various specifications of a gravity model that incorporates cross-sectional dependence attributable to unobservable factors directly associated with the presence of transport-mode competition schemes. In considering alternative distance segments, we also test for competition effects between road and the other three modes.

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  • Llano, C. & De la Mata, T. & Díaz-Lanchas, J. & Gallego, N., 2017. "Transport-mode competition in intra-national trade: An empirical investigation for the Spanish case," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 334-355.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:95:y:2017:i:c:p:334-355
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.10.023
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    Keywords

    Inter-provincial trade; Transport-mode competition; Multimodality; Logistics; Distance; Spatial econometrics;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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