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Towards a better understanding of the commercial shipbuilding industry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Stott



This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by OECD, 2018.

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The report presents a new insight into the nature of the shipbuilding market, which is argued to be composed of trade in capacity, which is inherently flexible in accommodating a mix of different shipbuilding products (the product mix). This is significant in the determination of price within the market, including cross price elasticity between products competing for the same capacity. The nature of shipbuilding cycles is also discussed, being at the root of competitive and economic difficulties in the industry, with long term analysis of output presented for the first time. The report also provides information on revised methods for market forecasting that address problems that have led to shipbuilding forecasting being notoriously unreliable in the past.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stott PW

Series Editor(s): The OECD Council Working Party on Shipbuilding

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Type: Report

Year: 2018

Print publication date: 15/05/2018

Online publication date: 25/09/2018

Acceptance date: 08/05/2018

Institution: OECD

Place Published: Paris