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Highway Franchising: Pitfalls and Opportunities

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  • Eduardo Engel

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  • Ronald Fischer

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  • Alexander Galetovic

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We build a conceptual framework to analyze the virtues and limitations of alternative mechanisms that can be used to auction a highway. We argue that current mechanisms, which fix the term of the franchise, create unnecesary risk and facilitate post-contract opportunism by the regulator and the franchise-holder. We propose a new mechanism that allocates the franchise to the firm asking the least present value of toll revenue. We argue that this mechanisms is clearly superior to those currently in use.

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Paper provided by Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 15.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:edj:ceauch:15

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