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David Guillermo Carrillo Murrillo

Articles, 2011, vol. 38, issue 1

Abstract: Ports have been increasingly adapting to the growing demand located in their hinterlands. A lack of information at a firm level has conducted this research to the simulation of transport freight flows stochastically. Using the master equation, intermodal transport in hinterlands has been modelled with the same type of cost function for every transport offer. Moreover, returns to scale are reflected in the cost function at its general form. The solutions obtained show the possibility to map competition without reaching a monopole. This solution has been tested with a theoretical case and several empirical cases in Germany proving its usefulness at a macroscopic scale. With the results of this paper, it can be mapped hard competition of intermodal offers in a hinterland and the preferences of demand for variety. Conclusions are drawn based on the results obtained and the possibilities to improve the present model.

Date: 2011
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