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Efficiency benchmarking of Irish and North Atlantic Spanish ports: Implications for blue growth

Andreas Tsakiridis, Ingrid Mateo-Mantecón, Eamonn O'Connor, Stephen Hynes and Cathal O'Donoghue

Utilities Policy, 2021, vol. 72, issue C

Abstract: This paper aims to assess the efficiency of Irish and North Atlantic Spanish ports in generating traffic and examine changes in efficiency over the period 2000-15. Specifically, technical efficiency scores are derived by using stochastic frontier analysis. Subsequently, cluster analysis is employed to develop a robust typology of ports for efficiency benchmarking. This paper has identified two clusters of ports with the estimated average technical efficiency of cluster 1 ports being much higher than the efficiency of cluster 2 ports. Differences in efficiency and main characteristics of clusters have persisted during the period 2000-15.

Keywords: Stochastic frontier analysis; European Atlantic ports; Small and medium-sized ports (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2021.101268

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