Competition policy on railways - theory, experience and practical application - Vol. 3.

31 Mar 2017 Rail Reforms series 2013-2018

Martin Kvizda

1. ed. Brno: Masaryk University, 2016. 202 p. Rail Reforms vol. 3. ISBN 978-80-210-8299-1

The monography focuses on a comprehensive analysis of the applicable competition policy methods in the railway sector, including polemic about need to define the relevant market and to identify the main problems associated with the use of standard methods for defining the relevant market. In single chapters, specifics linked to the economic effects of costs and revenues, technical aspects and administrative regulation of the sector in the context of the liberalization reforms conducted by the European Union are identified. Based on the sectoral analysis, the basic barriers to the entry of competitors into the sector and the possibilities of overcoming them are defined. Next, the basic economic characteristics of the sector within the Czech economy are set. In the next section, a detailed analysis of all significant distortions of the competitive environment in the railway sector which were investigated by the EU Commission and the British Competition Authorities is done. In the context of the partial conclusions of the previous chapters, a complete methodological approach is proposed for defining the relevant market in the railway transport sector in terms of the Czech economy.

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