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DELFIN ORTEGA, Odette Virginia  and  NAVARRO CHAVEZ, José César Lenin. Total factor productivity in container terminals at ports of Mexico: A measurement through the Malmquist index. Contad. Adm [online]. 2015, vol.60, n.3, pp.663-685. ISSN 0186-1042.

This paper presents an analysis of change in the Total Factor Productivity (TFP) of container terminals in major ports in Mexico in the period 1982-2010. For this, we propose Malmquist Index, which decomposing the change in productivity in two factors: Change in efficiency (catch-up effect) and technological change (shift frontier). The results show that in general there was an increase in productivity over the period analyzed, which is explained by technological change; Manzanillo was the port that had higher growth in productivity, and opposite Tuxpan was the one who had the greatest reduction, it was due mainly for the negative trend in traffic mobilized during containers. These results show the need to develop public policies for ports to operate at maximum capacity.

Keywords : Total factor productivity (PTF); Malmquist index; Ports of Mexico.

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