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Railway Competition: Options for the Russian Federation

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  • Russell Pittman

    (U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division)

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In its first steps toward reform of its huge and hugely important railway system, the Russian Federation has begun corporate restructuring of a kind favored by many students of railway reform throughout the world: some kind of separation of the entity controlling the infrastructure from the entity running the trains. This model, designed ultimately to create a competitive train sector operating on monopoly infrastructure, may not be the best reform path for the Russian railway. This paper considers the alternative arrangements that have been implemented in other countries and argues that the Mexican system, which maintains vertical integration but breaks up the system horizontally, may have better prospects both for effective implementation and for protecting shippers via geographic ("source") competition.

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  • Russell Pittman, 2001. "Railway Competition: Options for the Russian Federation," Industrial Organization 0111003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0111003
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    Cited by:

    1. Ioannis N. Kessides, 2004. "Reforming Infrastructure : Privatization, Regulation, and Competition," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13525, July.
    2. Semenova, Oxana, 2014. "The system of tariffs for railway transportation and the direction of its future development," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, pages 105-115.
    3. Russell Pittman, 2003. "Vertical Restructuring (or Not) of the Infrastructure Sectors of Transition Economies," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 5-26, March.
    4. Russell Pittman, 2001. "Vertical Restructuring of the Infrastructure Sectors of Transition Economies," Industrial Organization 0111002, EconWPA.

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    Keywords

    railroad; restructuring; competition; transition; Russia;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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