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Density Economies and Economic Geography: the unintended impacts of Hanshin earthquake on maritime t

来源:湖南大学经济与管理研究中心  日期:2016-10-24 人气:

   题:Density Economies and Economic Geography: the unintended impacts of Hanshin earthquake on maritime transportation


主讲人:Dr. Hangtian Xu

        Assistant Professor of School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University.

           

   10:00 - 11:30 AM, Oct. 25th(Tuesday, 2016.

 

   点:The Administration Building, Room 601

 

  This paper exploits the destruction of Kobe port (Japan) in Hanshin earthquake as an exogenous shock to the maritime shipping demands in Busan port (S. Korea). Earthquake damaged Kobe port and thus its shipping demands largely diverted to Busan port, which scaled up in this windfall. Focusing on the long-term growth of three major port areas in northeastern Asia (Kobe, Busan, and Tokyo), we find diversions on freight traffic are observed not only from Kobe, but also Tokyo, to Busan. Shippers in the hinterland of Tokyo port area, which rarely used Kobe and Busan ports before the earthquake, diverted to Busan.  We interpret the economies of transport density benefiting Busan as the underlying channel; we also find the unintended diversion effects on maritime shipping lead to a structural change of trade pattern in related regions.


 

主讲人介绍:

Dr. Hangtian Xu is an assistant professor of School of Economics and Trade, Hunan University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Tohoku University (Japan) in 2015. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Sichuan University and M.A. in Management from Tongji University. He was previously a research fellow of JSPS (Japan) (2014-2015). Xu's special interests include urban and regional economics, development economics and economic geography. His research work appears in Journal of Regional Science, and Papers in Regional Science.