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Competition Issues in Restructuring Ports and Railways, Including Brief Consideration of these Sectors in India

Russell Pittman

No 200906, EAG Discussions Papers from Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

Abstract: One important issue facing reformers considering the restructuring of the seaports and freight railways sectors of a developing country is the creation of competition ­ or, alternatively, avoiding the creation or preservation of monopoly power. In seaports a crucial distinction is often that between intraport and interport competition; in freight railways, between competition among train operating companies over a monopoly track and competition among vertically integrated railways. In both cases it is useful to frame the issue as one of competition at the component level within an open system versus competition between closed systems. In both cases as well, the market definition paradigm suggested by the Horizontal Merger Guidelines of the U.S. competition agencies provides a useful framework for analysis.

Keywords: competition; ports; railways; market definition; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L14 L23 L33 L91 L92 O14 O22 R48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2009-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-cse, nep-cwa and nep-ind
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