Relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in US counties

Frank P. van den Heuvel, Liliana Rivera, Karel H. van Donselaar, Ad de Jong, Yossi Sheffi, Peter W. de Langen, Jan C. Fransoo

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This paper analyzes the relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment in the US. It develops an accessibility measure relevant for logistics companies based on a gravity model. This allows for an analysis of the accessibility of US counties focusing on four different modes of transportation: road, rail, air, and maritime. Using a Partial Least Squares model, these four different freight accessibility measures are combined into two constructs, continental and intercontinental freight accessibility, and related to logistics employment. Results show that highly accessible counties attract more logistics employment than other counties. The analyses show that it is very important to
control for the effect of the county population on both freight accessibility and logistics employment. While county population explains the most variation in the logistics employment per county, there is a significant relationship between freight accessibility and logistics employment, when controlling for this effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91–105
Number of pages15
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice
Early online date13 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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  • accessibility
  • freight transport
  • logistics employment


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