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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

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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