The impact of ferry services on an island economy

Greig, Malcolm and McQuaid, Ronald W (2005) The impact of ferry services on an island economy. In: European Regional Science Association Conference.


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This paper examines ferry fares and quality of service to a remote island region and analyses
how this affects the economy of the islands. Taking the Western Isles in Scotland as a case
study, the paper identifies the links between fares, service, and economic development and
attempts to quantify this impact. A new methodology is developed to estimate the impact of
service frequency.
Our findings show that a reduction in ferry fares and, in particular in increase in service
frequency, will have substantial income and employment benefits to the local economy,
running into millions of pounds annually. It is also revealed that there is potential to increase
the quality of service to the Isles, and reduce fares in some cases, with no increase in public
subsidy towards operating costs. This is achieved by taking a more radical perspective to the
routes and services operated, and by more closely matching service provision to the demands
of communities within the islands.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic; Impact; Transport; Ferry; Island
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 330 Economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Item ID: 2420
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 12:38
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 13:38

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