Public Enterprise Efficiency: The Case of the New York Canals

Public Enterprise Efficiency: The Case of the New York Canals A random effects stochastic frontier variable cost function is estimated for the Erie Canal and nine interconnected lateral canals in New York, covering the period 1837–1881. Variable costs are 50 % above least cost for the Erie and 42 % above across all the 10 canals. Inefficiency does not vary over time in response to numerous changes in canal administrative structures and personnel or the advent of railroads. The canal system was plagued by documented waste, fraud and mismanagement throughout its history. A privatized, price capped Erie Canal was proposed in 1817, but rejected on political grounds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Public Enterprise Efficiency: The Case of the New York Canals

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
ISSN
0889-938X
eISSN
1573-7160
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11151-014-9448-6
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Abstract

A random effects stochastic frontier variable cost function is estimated for the Erie Canal and nine interconnected lateral canals in New York, covering the period 1837–1881. Variable costs are 50 % above least cost for the Erie and 42 % above across all the 10 canals. Inefficiency does not vary over time in response to numerous changes in canal administrative structures and personnel or the advent of railroads. The canal system was plagued by documented waste, fraud and mismanagement throughout its history. A privatized, price capped Erie Canal was proposed in 1817, but rejected on political grounds.

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Review of Industrial OrganizationSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 18, 2014

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