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Distance deterrence and commodity values

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  • Criminology
  • Law

Abstract

This paper tests a number of hypotheses relating commodity values, relative transport costs, and the severity of distance deterrence, by use of data from a survey of consignment movements to and from industrial establishments. The basic results confirm the significance of the value - weight ratio in determining variations between commodities. The relationship is much weaker than hypothesized, however, which implies that transport accounts for only a small fraction of distance costs. Further analyses point to the importance of factors associated with the particular plants concerned, such as size of firm or regularity of demand.

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