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The efficiency analysis of container port production using DEA panel data approaches

Cullinane, Kevin; Wang, Tengfei


Kevin Cullinane

Tengfei Wang


Applications of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to container port production have been largely restricted to standard DEA models using cross-sectional data. The efficiency results derived may be biased; for instance, as the result of random effects or a recent investment in future production. In overcoming this problem, panel data on container port production may be more suitable for medium- to long-term efficiency analysis. This paper evaluates available DEA panel data approaches by applying them to a sample of 25 leading container ports. Empirical results validate the necessity of utilizing panel data and reveal that considerable waste exists in container port production. It also provides a basis for assessing the competitiveness of container ports, for benchmarking best practice and identifying specific sources or causes of inefficiency


Cullinane, K., & Wang, T. (2010). The efficiency analysis of container port production using DEA panel data approaches. OR Spectrum, 32(3), 717-738.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2010
Publication Date 2010-07
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2011
Print ISSN 0171-6468
Electronic ISSN 1436-6304
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 717-738
Keywords Container port; data envelopment analysis; window analysis; intertemporal analysis; contemporaneous analysis;
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