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Korea container ports and spatial effects on manufacturing

Park, Yong An; (2018) Korea container ports and spatial effects on manufacturing. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

Over the last half century, the Korean economy has progressed its status from that of an underdeveloped country to a developed and dynamic economy, now home to global brands working in shipbuilding and the automobile, electronics, and mobile phones, amongst others. Crucial to this rapid progress, shipping and ports have functioned as a lifeline by moving almost 100% of exports and imports. Examination of the effects of Korean container ports on the manufacturing industries is important to enhance our knowledge on the relationship between a port and its region. By looking at the regional panel datasets of all Korean manufacturing industries and port activities, the thesis first finds that the economic effects of Busan Port on the manufacturing industries in Korea are positive. The thesis notices that the regional effects of container ports vary in accordance with temporal changes and regions. In the case of the implementation of the container system in Korea we can look at two periods. The first period from 1991 to 1998 demonstrates positive coefficients of container throughput from Busan Port. However, the coefficients are inconclusive in the second period, 1999-2011. We find that the transshipment activity of Korean container ports does not affect overall the output of Korean manufacturing industries in the port cities and other regions. By undertaking a case analysis of the leather, bag and shoe industry, and the automobile industry, we find differences in regional effects of container throughput of ports by period and by region. Following these findings, the thesis defines a new classification of container port on the basis of shipping and inland transport networks, and suggests hub indexes by combining differently two sub-indexes of port classification and container handling capacity of container ports.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Korea container ports and spatial effects on manufacturing
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058150
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