Container Port Production Efficiency: A Comparative Study of DEA and FDH Approaches

Teng-Fei Wang, Dong-Wook Song, Kevin Cullinane

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    Abstract

    Container terminal production is both an important and complicated element in the
    contemporary global economy. Amongst other methods, the efficiency of container port or
    terminal production can potentially be analysed by Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) or by the
    Free Disposal Hull (FDH) Model. This paper aims to evaluate the efficiency of the world’s most
    important container ports and terminals using the two alternative techniques. The results show
    that the available mathematical programming methodologies lead to different conclusions. It is
    also concluded that the availability of panel data, rather than cross-sectional data would greatly
    improve the validity of the efficiency estimates derived from all the mathematical programming
    techniques applied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)698-713
    JournalJournal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
    Volume5
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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