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

US Department of Justice Economic Analysis Group Discussion Paper No. 09-6

26 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2009  

Russell W. Pittman

U.S. Department of Justice - Economic Analysis Group; Kyiv School of Economics; New Economic School (NES)

Date Written: August 1, 2009

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

JEL Classification: L14, L23, L33, L91, L92, O14, O22, R48

Suggested Citation

Pittman, Russell W., Competition Issues in Restructuring Ports and Railways, Including Brief Consideration of These Sectors in India (August 1, 2009). US Department of Justice Economic Analysis Group Discussion Paper No. 09-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1463734 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1463734

Russell Pittman (Contact Author)

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