Maritime shipping industry and productivity in Japan

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The maritime shipping industry has experienced significant technological and management changes over the past several decades. This study analyses the total factor productivity of Japans shipping industry by applying the Luenberger productivity indicator from 1996 to 2005. This is a nonparametric frontier analysis technique, which allows for inefficiency of the production unit. We find large productivity increases in three major maritime shipping firms in Japan, although the magnitudes are different among firms and the general industry trend is declining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalMaritime Economics and Logistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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