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Quality standards for passenger trains: Political majorities and environmental costs

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  • Rothbauer, Julia
  • Sieg, Gernot

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This study analyzes the minimum quality standard set by the European Union (EU) through Regulation 1371/2007 of Rail Passengers' Rights and Obligations. A welfare maximizing quality standard raises quality and consumer satisfaction, but does not improve the modal split of rail transport. A minimum quality standard determined by political majorities may or may not increase welfare. However, all binding standards induce travelers to switch to transport modes with higher anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. --

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Paper provided by Technische Universität Braunschweig, Economics Department in its series Economics Department Working Paper Series with number 8.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:tbswps:8

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