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Coal Rates and Revenue Adequacy in a Quasi-Regulated Rail Industry

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  • Ann F. Friedlaender
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    This article considers whether equitable rates to captive coal shippers are compatible with competitive rates of return in the rail industry. Using the results of a translog cost function based on panel data of Class I railroads for 1974-1986, I show that returns to scale are sufficiently large to cause coal rates to rise to socially unacceptable levels if coal shippers have to bear the entire revenue burden. Moreover, even if noncoal traffic makes a contribution to overhead, the revenue burden on coal traffic is still substantial and would require increases in coal rates that are probably neither politically nor economically feasible.

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    Article provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal RAND Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Autumn)
    Pages: 376-394

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    Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:23:y:1992:i:autumn:p:376-394

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    1. 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).
    2. 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).
    3. John Bitzan & Theodore Keeler, 2014. "The evolution of U.S. rail freight pricing in the post-deregulation era: revenues versus marginal costs for five commodity types," Transportation, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 305-324, March.

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