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Exploring the Effects of Competition for Railway Markets

  • Rafael Lalive

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    (HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne)

  • Armin Schmutzler

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

This paper studies the effects of introducing competition for local passenger railway markets in the German state of Baden-W�rttemberg. We compare the evolution of the frequency of service on lines that were exposed to competition for the market and lines that were not. Our results suggest that competitive lines enjoyed a stronger growth of the frequency of service than non-competitive lines, even after controlling for various line characteristics that might have an independent influence on the frequency of service. Our results further suggest that the effects of competition may depend strongly on the operator and on characteristics of the line.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0511.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
Date of revision: Apr 2007
Publication status: published in International Journal of Industrial Organisation, 26, pp. 443-458, 2008
Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0511
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