Measuring Physical Productivity Growth and Biased Technological Change in Chinese Airports

This article reports on a study that measured physical productivity changes for 41 Chinese airports between 2000 and 2008. The authors use productivity changes to link the consideration of environmental factors in decomposed components to a set of indices using the Malmquist productivity approach. They found that some Chinese airports (n = 12) experienced productivity regress, and should improve their efficiency both in terms of management and scale. However, 29 Chinese airports experienced productivity progress, in terms of accumulated physical capital. The authors also discovered that some airports are suitable for developing passenger services, while others might be more suitable for cargo. Results demonstrated that 22 airports experienced runway-using and terminal-saving input bias, 15 airports experienced runway-saving/ terminal-using input bias, and 4 airports experienced neutral technological change. The authors conclude that dynamic production analysis can be the foundation for productivity change decompositions where one can distinguish between the efficiency change of variable inputs and quasi-fixed factors (such as runway or terminal expansion).

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  • Authors:
    • Chang, Yu-Chun
    • Yu, Ming-Miin
  • Publication Date: 2014-3


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  • Accession Number: 01531929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2014 9:58AM