Seaports and Economic Growth: Panel Data Analysis of EU Port Regions

Gorana Mudronja, Alen Jugović, Dunja Škalamera-Alilović
2020 Journal of Marine Science and Engineering  
Seaports are an important factor in regional economies since their operations create positive effects on the economy. The application of new technologies and innovations is important for the successful operation of seaports; their use reduces costs, facilitates business, increases transparency, and attracts new business entities. This paper analyses the impact of seaports on the growth of regional economies within the endogenous growth theory based on research and development (R&D) for a sample
more » ... (R&D) for a sample of 107 European Union's (EU) port regions observed over the period from 2005 to 2015. The model was tested by using the two-step generalized method of moments. The results of the research indicate that seaports have a significant impact on the economic growth of the EU port regions, yet it is necessary to consider other factors that affect the growth of regional economies such as investments in R&D and human capital. These factors are often underestimated in relation to investment in transport infrastructure; therefore, the guidelines for partial diversion of funds might follow such a path.
doi:10.3390/jmse8121017 fatcat:mmwgexcgfzhsnj5ckgbn5wkpbq