Intermodal and Intramodal Competition in Passenger Rail Transport

24 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2005

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Marc Ivaldi

Toulouse School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Catherine Vibes

University of Toulouse 1 - Centre Interuniversitaire de Calcul de Toulouse (CICT)

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Abstract

The objective of the paper is to elaborate a simulation model to analyze inter- and intra-modal competition in the transport industry, based on game theory models. In our setting, consumers choose a transport mode and an operator to travel on a given city-pair; operators strategically decide on prices for the types of service they provide. We derive the market equilibrium and simulate potential scenarios. In particular we measure the impact of entry by a low cost train operator and the effect of a kerosene tax. Hence our framework could serve as a tool to measure the effectiveness of competition on a relevant market or to design marketing strategies. More generally it can be applied in cases of oligopolistic competition when detailed data are not available.

Keywords: Product differentiation, relevant transport market, simulation model

JEL Classification: L11, L13, L92, L93, L98, C81, C35

Suggested Citation

Ivaldi, Marc and Vibes, Catherine, Intermodal and Intramodal Competition in Passenger Rail Transport. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=637242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.637242

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Catherine Vibes

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