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Regulation, Competition and Market Structure: A Literature Review of the Stage Bus Industry

Preston, J. (1988) Regulation, Competition and Market Structure: A Literature Review of the Stage Bus Industry. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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The 1985 Transport Act changed the regulatory constraints imposed on the British stage bus industry and has had important impacts on competition and market structure. In the discussion that preceded and immediately followed the Act a wide range of microeconomic theories and models were developed to explain possible impacts. The general aim of this paper is to review the literature in this field. More specifically, it will be attempted to develop a suitable taxonomy of the different models and theories of market structure that have been developed, common strands throughout the literature will be highlighted and models (and theories) reviewed in light of recent empirical evidence. This paper will act as a background document to subsequent work including an examination of contestability in Hereford (Preston, 1988) and Preston (Mackie and Preston, 1988), the use of games theory to explain competitive outcomes, predatory behaviour, collusion and mergers/acquisitions (Preston, 1989) and an assessment of the role of the minibus (Martinez, 1988, Preston, 1989).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the Institute of Transport Studies, University Of Leeds.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 05:52
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 267
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2290

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