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Urban transport governance reform in Barcelona

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  • Daniel Albalate

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Germà Bel

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Joan Calzada

    ()
    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

Abstract

The unusual mixed public-private structure of the urban bus market in the metropolitan area of Barcelona provides an interesting context in which to analyze the management challenges and opportunities of the partial privatization of public services. Initiatives used by the public regulator to promote competition for contracts, such as short term concessions to private contractors and the removal of entry barriers, have considerable potential for improving efficiency and quality. The growth in the share of routes managed by private firms in recent years shows that privatization is a credible threat that may well stimulate improved performance among public managers. The type of reform implemented in Barcelona is of interest to all metropolitan areas large enough to operate under constant returns to scale regimes, and suitable for potential concessions of routes in segregated areas inside the metropolitan area, so as not to miss out on the benefits of economies of density.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 201009.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Date of revision: Jun 2010
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201009

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Keywords: Privatization; mixed public-private; regulation; competition JEL classification:;

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Cited by:
  1. Jordi Perdiguero & Juan Luis Jiménez, 2012. "“Policy options for the promotion of electric vehicles: a review”," IREA Working Papers 201208, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Mar 2012.
  2. Daniel Albalate, 2012. "“The Institutional, Economic and Social Determinants of Local Government Transparency”," IREA Working Papers 201210, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised May 2012.
  3. 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.

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