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Determinants of Transport Costs for Inter-regional Trade

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  • KONISHI Yoko
  • Se-il MUN
  • NISHIYAMA Yoshihiko
  • Ji Eun SUNG

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This paper presents a microeconomic model of inter-regional freight transportation based on careful formulation of the cost structure in trucking firms and market equilibrium, which takes into account the feature of transport service as a bundle of multiple characteristics. We estimate the parameters of the model using the micro-data of inter-regional freight flows from the 2005 Net Freight Flow Census in Japan. Estimation results show that the determinants of transport cost incorporated in the model have significant effects in the ways that the model predicts. The degree of competition also has significant effect on freight charge. It is shown that there exist significant scale economies with respect to lot size and long-haul economies. Quantitative extents of these effects are also demonstrated.

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  • KONISHI Yoko & Se-il MUN & NISHIYAMA Yoshihiko & Ji Eun SUNG, 2012. "Determinants of Transport Costs for Inter-regional Trade," Discussion papers 12016, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    1. KONISHI Yoko & Se-il MUN & NISHIYAMA Yoshihiko & Ji Eun SUNG, 2014. "Measuring the Value of Time in Freight Transportation," Discussion papers 14004, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    2. Tsubota, Kenmei, 2015. "Agglomeration and directional imbalance of freight rates : the role of density economies in the transport sector," IDE Discussion Papers 488, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    3. Se-il Mun & Yoko Konishi & Yoshihiko Nishiyama & Ji-eun Sung, 2014. "Measuring the value of transport time for inter-regional trade," ERSA conference papers ersa14p410, European Regional Science Association.

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