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Evolution of Railroad Economics

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  • Waters II, William G.
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    This paper reviews major themes in the evolution of railroad economics over the past century and a half. The earliest writings emphasized links between railroads and economic development generally. Increasing returns and their implications for market structure and efficiency became a rationale for public intervention (regulation or government ownership). Railway rate theory was the precursor to modern multiproduct pricing theory, and railroads were the data source and focus for the development of cost function estimation. The economic analysis of regulatory performance and subsequent deregulation in North America were models of modern applied economics. The persistent problem of rail market power in some markets still stimulates debate about policy interventions to either regulate or stimulate competition to promote efficiency.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in Transportation Economics.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 11-67

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    Cited by:
    1. Coublucq, Daniel, 2013. "Econometric analysis of productivity with measurement error: Empirical application to the US Railroad industry," DICE Discussion Papers 95, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
    2. Coublucq, Daniel, 2013. "Demand estimation with selection bias: A dynamic game approach with an application to the US railroad industry," DICE Discussion Papers 94, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
    3. Beria, Paolo & Quinet, Emile & de Rus, Gines & Schulz, Carola, 2012. "A comparison of rail liberalisation levels across four European countries," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 110-120.

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