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The Economic Impacts of Port Activity in Antwerp: A Disaggregated Analysis

François Coppens, Frederic Lagneaux (), Hilde Meersman, Nathalie Sellekaerts (), Eddy Van De Voorde (), George Van Gastel () and Ann Verhetsel ()

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Abstract: The importance of ports is usually measured by indicators such as added value, employment and investment on a much aggregated level. This paper tries to define the importance of the port of Antwerp for the regional and national economy on a disaggregated level. It attempts to identify, quantify and locate the mutual relationships between the different players in the port and between these players and other industries. Finally, it proposes a method to calculate the effects of changes in port activity at a detailed level. A sector analysis is done by means of a reduced regional input-output table, through a bottom-up approach. The most important customers and suppliers of the port's key players or stakeholders are identified. A geographical analysis is feasible by using data on a disaggregated level. Each customer or supplier can be located by means of their postcode. In this way, the extent of the economic impact of the port of Antwerp is quantified.

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Date: 2006-08
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