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Buslinienfernverkehr in Deutschland — effiziente Ausgestaltung einer Liberalisierung


  • Sven Maertens


Intercity coach traffic in Germany is virtually prohibited, in order to protect the rail network. From an economic perspective, this regulation is not legitimate, as allowing long distance coach transportation would not result in any market failures. A recent draft law from the German government includes a proposal to permit coach transport on longer routes and is therefore considered to be an important step toward a more efficient and competitive transport system. However, the exact set-up of the opening of the market is still being discussed intensely. This paper summarises and critically reviews the current discussion. In addition, the non-availability of coach terminals in most German cities is identified as a major issue with regard to the opening of the market. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • Sven Maertens, 2012. "Buslinienfernverkehr in Deutschland — effiziente Ausgestaltung einer Liberalisierung," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer;German National Library of Economics, vol. 92(8), pages 554-562, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:wirtsc:v:92:y:2012:i:8:p:554-562
    DOI: 10.1007/s10273-012-1419-7

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    1. Dürr, Niklas S. & Hüschelrath, Kai, 2016. "Deregulation and the determinants of entry: Evidence from the German interurban bus industry," ZEW Discussion Papers 16-054, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Dürr, Niklas S. & Heim, Sven & Hüschelrath, Kai, 2015. "Deregulation, competition, and consolidation: The case of the German interurban bus industry," ZEW Discussion Papers 15-061, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    3. Dürr, Niklas S. & Hüschelrath, Kai, 2017. "Patterns of entry and exit in the deregulated German interurban bus industry," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 196-208.
    4. Francisco J. Bahamonde-Birke & Uwe Kunert & Heike Link & Juan de Dios Ortúzar, 2014. "Liberalization of the Interurban Coach Market in Germany: Do Attitudes and Perceptions Drive the Choice between Rail and Coach?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1415, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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    L92; L98;

    JEL classification:

    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • L98 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Government Policy


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