High-Speed Rail & Air Transport Competition: Game Engineering as Tool for Cost-Benefit Analysis
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 08-103/3
42 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2008 Last revised: 9 Feb 2009
Date Written: October 31, 2008
This paper develops a methodology to assess transport infrastructure investments and their effects on a Nash equilibria taking into account competition between multiple privatized transport operator types. The operators, including high-speed rail, hub and spoke legacy airlines and low cost carriers, maximize profit functions via prices, frequency and train/plane sizes, given infrastructure provision and costs and environmental charges. The methodology is subsequently applied to all 27 European Union countries, specifically analyzing four of the prioritized Trans-European Networks.
Keywords: airlines, high-speed rail, networks, applied game theory, infrastructure pricing
JEL Classification: R40, L92, L93
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