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Maritime Shipping Industry and Productivity in Japan


  • Shunsuke Managi

    (Faculty of Business Administration, Yokohama National University, 79-4, Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-0067, Japan.)


The maritime shipping industry has experienced significant technological and management changes over the past several decades. This study analyses the total factor productivity of Japan’s shipping industry by applying the Luenberger productivity indicator from 1996 to 2005. This is a nonparametric frontier analysis technique, which allows for inefficiency of the production unit. We find large productivity increases in three major maritime shipping firms in Japan, although the magnitudes are different among firms and the general industry trend is declining. Maritime Economics & Logistics (2007) 9, 291–301. doi:10.1057/palgrave.mel.9100187

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  • Shunsuke Managi, 2007. "Maritime Shipping Industry and Productivity in Japan," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 9(4), pages 291-301, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:marecl:v:9:y:2007:i:4:p:291-301

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    1. Carlos Pestana Barros & Zhongfei Chen & Peter Wanke, 2016. "Efficiency in Chinese seaports: 2002–2012," Maritime Economics & Logistics, Palgrave Macmillan;International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vol. 18(3), pages 295-316, September.
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    3. Carlos Barros & Hercules Haralambides & Mohamed Hussain & Nicolas Perpoch, 2011. "Seaport Efficiency and Productivity Growth," Chapters, in: Kevin Cullinane (ed.), International Handbook of Maritime Economics, chapter 17, Edward Elgar Publishing.

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