Quality Provision in Deregulated Industries: The Railtrack Problem
AbstractThis paper studies a network provider's incentives to invest in infrastructure quality. In a simple but general framework, we investigate how various institutional settings affect investment incentives. We show that under reasonable assumptions on demand, investment incentives are smaller under vertical separation than under vertical integration. We consider two strategies for improving investment incentives under vertical separation. First, the introduction of competition for the market can sometimes improve incentives. Second, with non-linear access prices investment incentives under separation become identical to those under integration.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0002.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Industrial Organization 22(2), 2004, pages 253-267
investment incentives; networks; quality; railways; vertical externality;
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- L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
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