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On the Economics of Restructuring World Railways, with a Focus on Russia

Russell Pittman ()

Man and the Economy, 2020, vol. 7, issue 2, 25

Abstract: The lecture opens with a discussion of the modern history of economists’ treatment of network industries: from cost-of-service regulation through incentive regulation to vertical restructuring. This history is then applied to the freight railways sector, followed by a discussion of the current state of the rail restructuring debate – what we term the European versus the American model, or vertical versus horizontal separation – first generally and then in the Russian Federation. Finally, we seek to derive lessons relevant to Russia from both the empirical literature and the results of recent reform policies implemented in the United States and the European Union.

Keywords: railways; regulation; economics; competition; Russian railways (RZhD) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1515/me-2020-0014

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