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Separation versus Integration in International Rail Markets: A Theoretical Investigation

  • Friebel, Guido
  • Ivaldi, Marc
  • Pouyet, Jérôme

This paper investigates various options for the organization of the railway industry when network operators require the access to multiple national networks to provide international (freight or passenger) transport services. The EU rail system provides a framework for our analysis. Returns-to-scale and the intensity of competition are key to understanding the impact of vertical integration or separation between infrastructure and operation services within each country in the presence of international transport services. We also consider an option in which a transnational infrastructure manager is in charge of offering a coordinated access to the national networks. In our model, it turns out to be an optimal industry structure.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 11-248.

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Date of creation: 18 Jul 2011
Date of revision: Mar 2013
Handle: RePEc:tse:wpaper:24800
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  1. Bruno De Borger & Fay Dunkerley & Stef Proost, 2006. "The interactin between tolls and capacity investment in serial and parallel transport networks," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces0617, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
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