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Impact of Regulation on Transport Infrastructure Capacity and Service Quality


  • Hangjun Yang
  • Anming Zhang


This paper investigates the impact of economic regulation on transport infrastructure capacity and service quality. We find that for a monopoly profit-maximising infrastructure provider, its capacity is the largest under cost-based regulation, which is followed by rate-of-return regulation, no regulation, and price-cap regulation. Furthermore, we show that service quality has the same order as capacity investments: it is the highest under cost-based regulation, then rate-of-return regulation, no regulation, and is the lowest under price-cap regulation. However, numerical examples reveal that price-cap regulation yields the highest social welfare. © 2012 LSE and the University of Bath

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  • Hangjun Yang & Anming Zhang, 2012. "Impact of Regulation on Transport Infrastructure Capacity and Service Quality," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 46(3), pages 415-430, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:46:y:2012:i:3:p:415-430

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    2. Achim I. Czerny & Anmin Zhang, 2015. "Single-Till versus Dual-Till Regulation of Airports," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 15-049/VIII, Tinbergen Institute.
    3. Xu, Meng & Grant-Muller, Susan & Gao, Ziyou, 2015. "Evolution and assessment of economic regulatory policies for expressway infrastructure in China," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 42-49.
    4. Yang, Hangjun & Fu, Xiaowen, 2015. "A comparison of price-cap and light-handed airport regulation with demand uncertainty," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 73(C), pages 122-132.
    5. Shao, Jing & Yang, Hangjun & Xing, Xiaoqiang & Yang, Liu, 2016. "E-commerce and traffic congestion: An economic and policy analysis," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 91-103.

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