Understanding ICC Rate Structure Regulation: A Spatial Analysis

Understanding ICC Rate Structure Regulation: A Spatial Analysis A spatial equilibrium of a stylized railroad network is offered to illustrate that monopoly pricing requires prices on some links that are so high that traffic “does not move.” ICC price structure regulation, which was based on the idea that traffic should be priced to “move” in a privately owned and operated network, is modeled as maximizing market access subject to an AVC minimum and an aggregate break-even constraint in a network that is over-extended. Flows that result from such regulation are highly inefficient but provide more surplus to shippers and receivers than the unregulated price structure. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Understanding ICC Rate Structure Regulation: A Spatial Analysis

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 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/s11151-013-9393-9
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Abstract

A spatial equilibrium of a stylized railroad network is offered to illustrate that monopoly pricing requires prices on some links that are so high that traffic “does not move.” ICC price structure regulation, which was based on the idea that traffic should be priced to “move” in a privately owned and operated network, is modeled as maximizing market access subject to an AVC minimum and an aggregate break-even constraint in a network that is over-extended. Flows that result from such regulation are highly inefficient but provide more surplus to shippers and receivers than the unregulated price structure.

Journal

Review of Industrial OrganizationSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 16, 2013

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