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Restructuring the Polish Railway for Competition


  • Janusz Ordover

    (New York University)

  • Russell Pittman

    (U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division)


The Polish government is considering methods of the privatizing and possible restructuring of the Polish National Railway, PKP, that would improve the efficiency of the railroad while creating some form of competition in order to prevent monopoly pricing. Traditional intramodal competition is unlikely to be feasible in the foreseeable future, and for the most important commodities carried by PKP, intermodal competition is not important. A proposal under discussion is to separate the ownership of track and trains and seek to create competition among different train operators over a single track network. This paper compares this proposal to similar proposals and arrangements in other countries and evaluates its feasibility for Poland.

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  • Janusz Ordover & Russell Pittman, 2001. "Restructuring the Polish Railway for Competition," Industrial Organization 0111006, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0111006
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    1. 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.

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    railway; restructuring; competition; regulation; Poland;

    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

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