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Hooper, PG 1985 , 'An essay on the measurement of productivity in ports', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Concern about the high costs incurred in Australian
ports has recently been raised at a seminar on 'Shore -
Based Shipping Costs' which was convened by the Bureau of
Transport Economics (BTE). Although many speakers at the
seminar were able to cite factors which have contributed to
the current state of affairs, no general explanation of the
reasons for the poor performance of the ports sector was
advanced. As a reflection of this situation, the Common
wealth Minister for Transport announced after the seminar
that a national Task Force would be established to investigate
the reasons for high costs and delays in Australia's
ports. If it is clear that the state of knowledge about ports
needs to be advanced, it is not immediately apparent how
this might be achieved. This thesis sets out to assess what
contribution might be provided by productivity studies which
are based upon established economic theory and practice. It
is noted that recent developments in this body of theory
have been applied successfully in other sectors of the
transport industry. This suggests that production theory might also be
applied to good effect in the case of ports. Notwithstanding this, there has been very little previous work carried
out in the topic. Given this background, the aim of the
present study was to explore the relevance of the theory to
ports, and to propose fruitful avenues for further applied
work. The credit for generating my interest in production
theory is due to John Taplin in his capacity as Professor of
Transport Economics and to John Madden at the University of
Tasmania. Subsequently, Associate Professor David Hensher
of Macquarie University has generously given his time as an
external supervisor, and I would like to acknowledge my deep
gratitude for his advice and encouragement. At the
University of Tasmania, assistance has been given by Tony
Hocking and Or Nick Groenewold. Finally, this thesis could
not have been completed without the encouragement of my
wife, Karen, and the forbearance of my children, Saxon,
Chenoa, Dyani and Corwin.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Hooper, PG
Keywords: Harbors, Industrial productivity, Production (Economic theory)
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Thesis (M.Trans.Ec.)--University of Tasmania, 1986. Bibliography: leaves 141-154

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