Handbook of International Trade and Transportation
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Handbook of International Trade and Transportation

Edited by Bruce A. Blonigen and Wesley W. Wilson

International trade has grown rapidly over the past half century, accommodated by the transportation industry through concomitant growth and technological change. But while the connection between transport and trade flows is clear, the academic literature often looks at these two issues separately. This Handbook is unique in pulling together the key insights of each field while highlighting what we know about their intersection and ideas for future research in this relatively unexamined but growing area of study.
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Chapter 16: Trade costs, trade, and port efficiency

Bruce A. Blonigen and Wesley W. Wilson

Abstract

Ocean ports are vital hubs for transportation of internationally traded goods and therefore important for economic growth. In this chapter, the authors review the various methodologies that have been used to estimate the efficiency of ocean ports. They then refine and provide updated estimates of port efficiencies based on the methodology of Blonigen and Wilson (2008), compare these estimates of port efficiency with those using other methodologies, and evaluate their role in the level of trade costs and trade.

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