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The Productive Efficiency of Container Terminals

An Application to Korea and the UK, 1st Edition

By Dong-Wook Song, Kevin Cullinane


258 pages

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This work applies the theory and techniques of economic efficiency measurement to the realistic context of the ports industry. The objective is to assess the practical impact of port privatization policies upon the economic performance of the sector. Specifically, this volume presents Korea’s port and terminal development plans and systematically analyses not only the process and results of privatisation, but also the claims of its proponents that it leads directly to improved efficiency. The Korean experience is given global relevance by applying the same approach to Britain’s main container ports and terminals which, of course, are at a more advanced stage in the privatisation process. This work constitutes a unique contribution to the literature relating to shipping and ports, econometrics and the Korean economy and will be of primary interest to port authorities and practitioners, as well as to students of economics and/or the shipping industry.


'…a very important reference for all governments and related agencies involved in privatisation processes of their respective economies and businesses. The book is recommended for serious reading by all connected to logistics and economics. It should also be found a place in libraries.' Logistics and Transport Focus 'This volume makes an original contribution to knowledge…the results of the research undoubtedly provide governments, port authorities and other interested parties with information and guidelines for implementing the policy of Port Privatisation.' Urban Railways

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; An overview of the Korean national economy; The Korean port industry; Privatization theory and evidence; Port privatization: theory and practice; A theoretical framework for efficiency measurement; Productive efficiency of container terminals: an empirical investigation; Discussion, policy implications and conclusions; Bibliography; Appendices.

About the Series

Plymouth Studies in Contemporary Shipping and Logistics

Plymouth Studies in Contemporary Shipping and Logistics
The Plymouth Studies in Contemporary Shipping and Logistics series represents a unique collection of papers and edited texts from the leading maritime institute in Western Europe at the University of Plymouth. It covers all aspects of the industry from operations through to the logistical framework that supports the sector. Designed both for practising academics and the shipping and ports industry itself, the series, combining the output from some of the leading academic commentators in the world from the UK, Korea, Germany and Poland, is an original and novel contribution to the maritime debate.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics