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Using system dynamics in maritime economics: an endogenous decision model for shipowners in the dry bulk sector

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In this paper, we consider the benefits of applying system dynamics in maritime economics. We build an endogenous shipowners' model for the dry bulk sector, incorporating both the decision process of individual shipowners and traditional shipping market conditions. The aim is to arrive at a simulation tool that can be used for a variety of applications, both for teaching/learning and for research purposes. Within the endogenous shipping model, we can distinguish between the strategic and the tactical choices shipowners face. As an application, we focus explicitly on a strategic decision-making process that is relevant to any shipowner, i.e. the sale of a vessel. System dynamics seems to be a tool well-suited for the detailed modelling of strategic and operational behaviour in the maritime business.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics, Antwerp, Belgium

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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