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

Brida, Juan Gabriel and Deidda, Manuela and Pulina, Manuela (2014) Tourism and transport systems in mountain environments: analysis of the economic efficiency of cableways in South Tyrol. Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 36 , p. 1-11. ISSN 0966-6923. eISSN 1873-1236. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.02.004

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:Article
ID Code:9773
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cableways, economic efficiency, DEA, tourism development, CO2 emissions, South Tyrol
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/03 Scienza delle finanze
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Elsevier Science
ISSN:0966-6923
eISSN:1873-1236
Deposited On:30 Apr 2014 13:04

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