Competition Issues in Restructuring Ports and Railways, Including Brief Consideration of These Sectors in India
Russell W. Pittman
U.S. Department of Justice - Economic Analysis Group; New Economic School (NES)
August 1, 2009
US Department of Justice Economic Analysis Group Discussion Paper No. 09-6
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: competition, ports, railways, market definition, India
JEL Classification: L14, L23, L33, L91, L92, O14, O22, R48
Date posted: August 29, 2009
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