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Modeling freight markets for coal

  • Jan Ub�e

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway)

  • Jonas Andersson

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway)

  • Kurt J�rnsten

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway)

  • Siri Pettersen Strandenes

    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway)

In this paper we study bulk shipping of coal between the central regions in the world. We compare the performance of cost-minimizing models with a gravity model approach. The main finding in the paper is that cost minimizing models provide relative poor fits to data. A simple one-parameter gravity model, however, provides very satisfactory fits to observed behavior. Maritime Economics & Logistics (2009) 11, 289–301. doi:10.1057/mel.2009.10

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Volume (Year): 11 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 289-301

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