How Port Integration Policy Affects Total Factor Productivity in Chinese Ports: Empirical Evidence from 2005 to 2018

Jinglei Yang, Meifeng Luo, Xiaofan Wu

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Abstract

The Chinese government has been promoting its 'port integration' policy since 2011, hoping to reduce competition and increase resource utilisation. This might affect the productivity of Chinese ports. We analysed the impacts of such policy on the total factor productivity (TFP) of Chinese ports with different attitudes toward cooperation. Pro-cooperative ports in the major clusters are found to be negatively affected, whereas other pro-cooperative ports can benefit from the policy. As the former handle most cargo trade-volume, the negative effects outweigh the benefits from the latter. Therefore, the government should be cautious about promoting its policy on a national level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-102
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Transport Economics and Policy
Volume56
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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