Title: A note on productivity change in French and Italian seaports

Authors: Jean-Pascal Guironnet, Nicolas Peypoch, Bernardin Solonandrasana

Addresses: CREUSET-CNRS, University of Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, 6 rue Basse des Rives, F-42023, Saint-Etienne Cedex 2, France. ' GEREM, IAE, Universite de Perpignan, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, F-66860, Perpignan, France. ' GEREM, IAE, Universite de Perpignan, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, F-66860, Perpignan, France

Abstract: This paper proposes a framework for benchmarking French and Italian seaports and the rationalisation of their operational activities. The analysis is based on the Luenberger productivity indicator. The main benefit of our method is to allow for both input contraction and output expansion, in determining relative efficiencies and productivity changes. Benchmarks are provided for improving the operations of those seaports, which perform worse than others. Several interesting and useful managerial insights and implications arise from the study. Following this approach, the benchmarking of multi-country seaports gives a different picture than the one which is obtained from a single country.

Keywords: Italian seaports; French seaports; Luenberger productivity indicator; Italy; France; ports; benchmarking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2009.027531

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2009 Vol.1 No.3, pp.216 - 226

Available online: 31 Jul 2009 *

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