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Maritime networks, services structure and maritime trade.

M�rquez-Ramos, Laura; Mart�nez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada; P�rez, Eva; Wilmsmeier, Gordon


Laura M�rquez-Ramos

Inmaculada Mart�nez-Zarzoso

Eva P�rez

Gordon Wilmsmeier


This paper aims at investigating the relationship between maritime trade and maritime transport costs at sectoral level. The costs and its effect on international trade will be estimated using highly disaggregated data of shipments from five Spanish ports to seventeen destinations. The paper focuses on the effect of maritime networks, services structure and port infrastructure variables on maritime transport costs. The relationship between transport costs and trade is then analysed by applying a gravity model for sectoral imports. We investigate the endogeneity of the trade and transport cost variables by estimating both equations by using instrumental variables methods. The main findings of this study should contribute significantly to explain the variability of maritime transport costs and to quantify the impact of maritime transport costs in maritime trade


Márquez-Ramos, L., Martínez-Zarzoso, I., Pérez, E., & Wilmsmeier, G. (2011). Maritime networks, services structure and maritime trade. Networks and Spatial Economics, 11, 555-576.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 9, 2010
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2011
Publicly Available Date Mar 18, 2011
Print ISSN 1566-113X
Electronic ISSN 1572-9427
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Pages 555-576
Keywords Maritime freight rates; connectivity; Spanish exports;
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