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Transport-mode competition in intra-national trade: An empirical investigation for the Spanish case

C. Llano, Tamara de la Mata, Jorge Diaz-Lanchas () and Nuria Gallego ()

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2017, vol. 95, issue C, 334-355

Abstract: Trade within and between countries can take place by alternative transport modes. Economic and logistical complexity is fostering multimodality as well as transport-mode competition. The international trade literature has given little attention to this issue. The aim of this paper is to analyze transport-mode competition in inter-provincial deliveries within Spain. To this end, we use a detailed dataset with fifty inter-provincial, industry-specific flows by four transport modes (road, train, ship and aircraft). We then feed this dataset into various specifications of a gravity model that incorporates cross-sectional dependence attributable to unobservable factors directly associated with the presence of transport-mode competition schemes. In considering alternative distance segments, we also test for competition effects between road and the other three modes.

Keywords: Inter-provincial trade; Transport-mode competition; Multimodality; Logistics; Distance; Spatial econometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 R40 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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