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Strategic Interactions between Transport Operators with Several Goals

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  • Derek J. Clark
  • Finn Jørgensen
  • Pål A. Pedersen
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    This paper analyses competition between transport firms that have goals that extend beyond traditional profit maximisation. Specifically, operators maximise a weighted combination of profits and consumer surplus. We calculate equilibrium solutions for the case of symmetric firms producing symmetrically differentiated services, and compare the equilibrium prices, consumer surplus, and total surplus that arise from collusion, Cournot and Bertrand competition. The results are discussed in the light of the firms' pay-off functions, their costs, and the degree of substitutability or complementarity between the services. ? 2009 LSE and the University of Bath

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    Article provided by London School of Economics and University of Bath in its journal Journal of Transport Economics and Policy (JTEP).

    Volume (Year): 43 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 385-403

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    Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:43:y:2009:i:3:p:385-403

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    1. Clark, Derek J. & Jørgensen, Finn & Mathisen, Terje Andreas, 2011. "Relationships between fares, trip length and market competition," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 45(7), pages 611-624, August.
    2. Socorro, M. Pilar & Viecens, M. Fernanda, 2013. "The effects of airline and high speed train integration," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 160-177.
    3. Meunier, David & Quinet, Emile, 2012. "Applications of transport economics and imperfect competition," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 19-29.
    4. Clark, Derek John & Jørgensen, Finn & Mathisen, Terje Andreas, 2014. "Competition in complementary transport services," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 146-159.

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