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Competition and Industry Structure for International Rail Transportation

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  • Friebel, Guido
  • Ivaldi, Marc
  • Pouyet, Jérôme

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This paper investigates various options for the organization of the railway industry when network operators require the access to multiple national networks to provide international (freight or passenger) transport services. The EU rail system provides a framework for our analysis. Returns-to-scale and the intensity of competition are key to understanding the impact of vertical integration or separation between infrastructure and operation services within each country in the presence of international transport services. We also consider an option in which a transnational infrastructure manager is in charge of offering a coordinated access to the national networks. In our model, it turns out to be an optimal industry structure.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 680.

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Date of creation: 18 Jul 2011
Date of revision: 07 Jun 2012
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:24795

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  1. Ivaldi, Marc & Mccullough, Gerard, 1999. "Density and Integration Effects on Class I U.S. Freight Railroads," IDEI Working Papers 93, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
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  3. Per Agrell & Jerôme Pouyet, 2004. "The Regulation of Transborder Network Services," Working Papers 2004-38, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  4. Ivaldi Marc & Mccullough Gerard, 2008. "Subadditivity Tests for Network Separation with an Application to U.S. Railroads," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 7(1), pages 1-13, March.
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