The role of maritime, land, and air transportation in economic growth: Panel evidence from OECD and non-OECD countries

Jin Suk Park, Young-Joon Seo, Minho Ha

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    Accumulated evidence on the positive role of transport infrastructure has been fragmentally reported as an individual type of transport infrastructure—for example, roads, highways, railways, seaports and airports. Relatively few studies have compared the role of different types of transport infrastructure simultaneously. This study attempts to examine the role of various types of transport infrastructure in OECD and non-OECD countries by employing the hybrid production approach that combines macroeconomic growth with supply of and demand for transportation. The panel two-stage least squares method is used to estimate the parameters of economic growth and supply and demand functions, where transportation demand is represented by a principal component. The finding shows stronger significance of maritime transportation in economic growth than air and land transport. However, air and land transport are often irrelevant to or negatively affect economic growth, mostly in developing countries. In addition, the demand for transportation is driven by other social and economic factors apart from prices. Further implications are presented in the concluding remarks. Overall, this paper contributes to providing insights on how transport infrastructure affects economic growth in OCED and non-OECD countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100765
    JournalResearch in Transportation Economics
    Early online date1 Nov 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research in Transportation Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research in Transportation Economics, 78, (2019)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2019.100765

    © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


    • Econometrics
    • Economic growth
    • OECD
    • Transport economics
    • Transport infrastructure
    • Transportation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Transportation
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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