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A performance-based subsidy allocation of ferry transportation: A data envelopment approach

Ming-Miin Yu, Li-Hsueh Chen and Bo Hsiao

Transport Policy, 2018, vol. 68, issue C, 13-19

Abstract: Ferry transportation plays an essential role in transportation services between a mainland and its offshore islands, as well as among those islands. However, low volume routes frequently operate at a loss because they are socially necessary but not profitable. Thus, a government may provide financial support to such ferry routes. Since budgetary resources for offshore ferry routes are limited, this paper offers a performance-based method constructed through data envelopment analysis to help governments allocate subsidies to individual offshore ferry routes. The proposed method considers the concepts of cross-efficiency and structural efficiency, simultaneously. The allocation results for a current ferry subsidy allocation policy and the proposed method are compared. The results may provide valuable suggestions for allocation policies for subsidies to ferry firm.

Keywords: Subsidy allocation; Ferry; Route; Data envelopment analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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