Their latest research on the the development of the European performance management system for seaports and in particular its application to socio-economic impacts, is the subject of the research presented by PortEconomics member Michael Dooms, along with Steven de Schepper, during this year’s annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists – IAME 2012, that was held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Performance indicators on socio-economic impacts of seaport activities are often used to support and strengthen the societal acceptance of these activities. However, the use of these indicators for the purpose of gaining broader acceptance for seaport activities and port expansion has been questioned by scholars, as well as different stakeholders within the seaport environment. The cause of this distrust might be caused by a great diversity in terms of measures of socio-economic impacts and basic assumptions used to calculate the socio-economic impact of seaports. Recognizing the problems associated with these indicators, a methodology created to uniform measurement system for these indicators across European seaports. While building this measurement system, this study particularly focuses on the results of a survey on methodological aspects of socioeconomic impact calculation in 58 European ports, and the potential research and policy implications of these results.
You might read – and freely download – the full study @PortEconomics.
The annual conference of the International Association of Marime Economists – IAME 2012, held in Taipei, Taiwan, provided the PortEconomics team the opportunity to present 16 different port or port related studies that progressed over the course of the most resent months – read more & reach the studies: PortEconomics PortEconomics team@IAME2012.