Tourism and transport systems in mountain environments: analysis of the economic efficiency of cableways in South Tyrol

Brida, J. G., Deidda, M. and Pulina, M. (2014) Tourism and transport systems in mountain environments: analysis of the economic efficiency of cableways in South Tyrol. Journal of Transport Geography, 36, pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.02.004)

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Abstract

This paper examines the economic efficiency of cableways in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Italy, and relates it to sustainability and tourism issues. Cableways represent an environmental-friendly mode of transport that enables access to remote and environmentally delicate areas. Thus, examining cableways efficiency informs policies that foster regional competitiveness from a sustainable development perspective. Employing annual data from 2002 up to 2008, the pure technical efficiency and scale efficiency are computed using a panel Data Envelopment Analysis. Overall, the empirical findings reveal that this type of transport in the Italian Alps can be regarded as relatively economically inefficient and most of the cableways denote decreasing returns to scale. Nevertheless, some distinctive features are detected amongst cableways classified by district. Policy implications are drawn to help economic agents improve their efficiency scores.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Deidda, Dr Manuela
Authors: Brida, J. G., Deidda, M., and Pulina, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Journal Name:Journal of Transport Geography
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0966-6923
ISSN (Online):1873-1236
Published Online:12 March 2014

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