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Network economies in liner shipping: the role of home markets,
Maritime Policy and Management, vol. 35, n. 2, pp. 127-143

Ferrari, C. Parola, F. Benacchio, M.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03088830801956789

Abstract

This paper deals with the measurement of the network complexity of some selected shipping groups, also identifying the contribution of co-operative agreements among carriers. The empirical investigation is focused on: (i) the analysis of the distribution of the carrying capacity per range; and (ii) the comparison of that capacity with the throughput handled in the port facilities of the group. These variables are interpreted in the light of the impact that alliances have on the geographical wideness of the services supplied by each partner. This factor also allows to depict how the cultural and political origin of shipping lines affects the decision of joining an alliance and the outcomes deriving from such co-operation.









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