Regional clustering and agglomeration externalities of inland ports: A statistical analysis of Dutch inland ports

P.W. Witte (Speaker), Wiegmans, B. (Speaker), F van Oort (Speaker), T Spit (Speaker)

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In port studies, much is written on maritime port economics in general, without paying particular attention to the independent position of inland ports. Moreover, in the limited but growing literature available that specifically deals with inland ports, little attention is paid to their economic dimensions as well. In this paper, we try to bridge that research gap by focusing on the extent to which regional clustering of companies and agglomeration externalities influence the economics of inland ports.

Data and methodology

We analyze the relation between clusters of related companies in inland ports, regional clusters of inland ports and agglomeration externalities. We make use of spatially lagged regression models that are sensitive to the different clusters of inland ports that we identified.

Our data consist of a large-scale quantitative dataset of Dutch inland ports largely based on data provided by CBS Statistics Netherlands, consisting of transshipment figures and related transport and economic factors.

Expected results

We expect our conclusions to lead to a typology of different inland port types that are related to different regional clusters of economic activities. Furthermore, we explore the relation between these regional clusters and agglomeration externalities. And, finally, we relate regional clustering and agglomeration externalities of inland ports to different governance strategies towards the development of inland ports.
Period13 Jul 2016
Event title14th World Conference on Transport Research
Event typeConference
Conference number14
LocationShanghai, China