The Impact of Hub and Spokes Networks in the Mediterranean Peculiarity

2002 IAME Annual Conference Panama

30 Pages Posted: 29 May 2003

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Dionisia Cazzaniga Francesetti

University of Pisa - Department of Economics

Alga D. Foschi

University of Pisa - Department of Economics

Abstract

The tendency towards consolidation of the liner shipping companies requires the development of the 'hub and spokes' model in the Mediterranean as well. In this framework, we argue that the network model will be reinforced as compared to the 'point to point' model. However, only a few studies are available to confirm the advantageousness of this choice. We therefore propose a methodological analysis of transport costs in a 'hub and spokes' system in comparison to a 'point to point' system, both in general terms and in the specific framework of the Mediterranean. The relative costs of the two alternatives were simulated utilizing the experience of the Mediterranean hub port of Gioia Tauro and with reference to the most recent literature on this subject.

Keywords: containers, costs, transshipment, intermodality, point-to-point networks, hub & spokes networks

JEL Classification: L100, L920

Suggested Citation

Cazzaniga Francesetti, Dionisia and Foschi, Alga D., The Impact of Hub and Spokes Networks in the Mediterranean Peculiarity. 2002 IAME Annual Conference Panama. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=385166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.385166

Dionisia Cazzaniga Francesetti

University of Pisa - Department of Economics ( email )

via Ridolfi 10
I-56100 Pisa, PI 56100
Italy

Alga D. Foschi (Contact Author)

University of Pisa - Department of Economics ( email )

via Ridolfi 10
I-56100 Pisa, PI 56100
Italy
+39 050 945331 (Phone)
+39 050 598040 (Fax)

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