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Why Fuel Surcharges may be Anticompetitive


  • Vladimir Karamychev
  • Peran van Reeven


With the increase in the price of oil, fuel surcharges have become a common and widely used practice in the transportation industry. Firms ask consumers to pay these surcharges in addition to the base price. Assuming that (i) fuel prices randomly fluctuate, (ii) fuel prices affect firms' costs differently, and (iii) firms pass on changes in their fuel costs to consumers, we show that the practice of fuel surcharging increases firms' profits, and constitutes an anticompetitive behaviour. © 2009 LSE and the University of Bath

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  • Vladimir Karamychev & Peran van Reeven, 2009. "Why Fuel Surcharges may be Anticompetitive," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 43(2), pages 141-155, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:43:y:2009:i:2:p:141-155

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