Date of Award
Master of Science in Geospatial Science
Dr. Michael J. Pretes
Dr. Keith D. Malone
Dr. Jonathan P. Fleming
Maritime trade and access to deep water territory are important when determining a country’s economic success. Today, as much as 75% percent of trade is done over water. This thesis examines issues in economic geography such as the landlocked curse, resource curse, maritime port dependency, import and export competition, and trade openness, and attempts to explain the importance of maritime exposure. This study explores the relationship between six major factors in maritime exposure and overall economic prosperity. Findings suggest a positive correlation between maritime exposure and Gross Domestic Product (purchasing power parity and per capita). Interestingly, findings also show a negative relationship between maritime exposure and the United Nations Human Development Index rank score.
Lane, Jesse M., "Maritime Exposure and Economic Prosperity: Why Location Matters" (2015). Geography Master's Theses. 5.