The relationship between privatization and DEA estimates of efficiency in the container port industry

Kevin Cullinane, Ping Ji, Teng Fei Wang

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A major objective of port privatization is to improve the efficiency of the sector. This paper presents the pros and cons of port privatization and provides an empirical examination of the relationship between privatization and relative efficiency within the container port industry. Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is justified as the chosen methodology for analysing the relative efficiency of container ports and is applied in a variety of configurations to industry panel data. The paper concludes with the rejection of the hypothesis that greater private sector involvement in the container port sector irrevocably leads to improved efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-462
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Economics and Business
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Efficiency
  • Port privatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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