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On the Economics of Integrated Ticketing


  • Jolian McHardy

    () (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Michael Reynolds
  • Stephen Trotter


In this paper we explore alternative pricing and regulatory strategies within a simple transport network with Cournot duopoly and differentiated demands. We show that whilst firms always prefer to offer integrated ticketing, a social planner will not. With integrated ticketing, the firms always prefer complete collusion but there is not a uniform ranking of some of the less collusive regimes. Society generally prefers the less collusive regimes to complete collusion but prefers some collusion to independent pricing.

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  • Jolian McHardy & Michael Reynolds & Stephen Trotter, 2005. "On the Economics of Integrated Ticketing," Working Papers 2005006, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2005006

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    Integrated ticketing; duopoly; collusion.;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy

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