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The Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Railroads Merger: Effect of Trackage Rights on Rates

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  • Karikari, John Agyei
  • Brown, Stephen M
  • Nadji, Mehrzad

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We investigate the impact of the 1996 Union Pacific (UP)/Southern Pacific (SP) railroads merger on rail rates for potential 2-to-1 shippers. As part of its merger conditions, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) granted trackage rights to BNSF to preserve competition for these shippers. Using the STB's Carload Waybill Sample data for the Salt Lake City economic area, we found that the remedy was effective--Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) provided more effective competition to UP in the post-merger era than SP did in the pre-merger era. The results, however, differed by commodity, direction of traffic, and shipper-type. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 271-85

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Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:22:y:2002:i:3:p:271-85

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Cited by:
  1. Russell Pittman, 2009. "Railway Mergers and Railway Alliances: Competition Issues and Lessons for Other Network Industries," EAG Discussions Papers 200902, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
  2. Juan Luis Jiménez & Jordi Perdiguero, 2012. "“Mergers and difference-in-difference estimator: why firms do not increase prices?”," IREA Working Papers 201205, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Feb 2012.
  3. Ivaldi, Marc & Mccullough, Gerard, 2010. "Welfare Tradeoffs in U.S. Rail Mergers," TSE Working Papers 10-196, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
  4. Orley C. Ashenfelter & Daniel Hosken & Matthew C. Weinberg, 2014. "Did Robert Bork Understate the Competitive Impact of Mergers? Evidence from Consummated Mergers," NBER Working Papers 19939, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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