American Society of Civil Engineers

The Evaluation of Port Investment Effect on Regional Economic Development Using DEA Method

by Xuemei Chen, (Economics and Management School, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China 200135. E-mail:
Section: Travel Behavior, Simulation, and Transportation Planning, pp. 277-282, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: ICTE 2011
Abstract: Port is the core resource to bring up regional economic development. The paper uses the method of Date Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to evaluate the effect of port investment on regional economy. It establishes the evaluation model, taking Shanghai port as the example, to do the empirical analysis by using real data. The results show that all the effect value of Shanghai port on regional economy is 1 for recent 10 years which means it is very effective. Furthermore, it uses statistic model for the empirical test and regression analysis of the port investment with regional economy. It shows that the correlation coefficient is 0.935 between port investment and GDP of Shanghai, significance probability is less than 5% which means the liner regression is obvious.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Regional development
Economic factors
Transportation management