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Spatial interaction effects on inland distribution of maritime flows

Ticiana Grecco Zanon Moura, Zhangliang Chen and Lorena Garcia-Alonso

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2019, vol. 128, issue C, 1-10

Abstract: The relationship between the regional economy and the infrastructure endowment has long been discussed in the literature. In this context, it can be said that ports play an important role for regions, as they affect their competitiveness, while the regional economic activity has an effect on port traffic. Both circumstances influence the inland distribution of maritime traffic and are interconnected by the configuration of the hinterland of ports. The hypothesis of this paper is that spatial interaction effects, both exogenous and endogenous, shape the inter-port distribution of maritime traffic. The endogenous interaction effect arises when the inter-port distribution of the flows is influenced by those of nearby regions, whereas the exogenous interaction effect appears when the circumstances of these neighbours affect the flows generated by the region considered.

Keywords: Hinterland; Inland flows; Container traffic; Port choice; Spatial econometric interaction models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2019.07.012

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