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By Sam Peltzman, Clifford Winston

This quantity assesses the nation of deregulation within the significant U.S. community industries: airways, railroads, telecommunications, and electrical energy. every one bankruptcy identifies the important coverage matters that experience arisen in every one because it undergoes its transformation to a deregulated setting. The authors show the failings of final rules and make the case for swifter and extra entire deregulation.

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Mergers left only two major railroads in the western United States, while Conrail’s recent absorption by Norfolk Southern and CSX left only two major railroads in the East. Moreover, Union Pacific’s mismanagement of its merger with Southern Pacific and a surge in traffic led to widely publicized service disruptions. Some shippers also experienced poor service in the aftermath of the Conrail acquisition. The costly delays crystallized the problems that could arise when shippers must depend on only one railroad—a growing possibility as the industry consolidates.

S. markets. 76. Button and Stough (1998). 77. Only a small amount of this premium is related to the hub premium. 13.   .     be willing to absorb losses in the short run with no certainty of the “quiet life” in the long run for such a small payoff. Air carriers have not been motivated to merge for anticompetitive reasons. Moreover, some major mergers during the 1980s, which some policymakers thought would raise fares, have not done so. According to our model of merger behavior, even the proposed alliances between United and Delta, American and US Airways, and Northwest and Continental were not strongly motivated by anticompetitive effects.

72 We also find that fares increase as the percentage of gates not available for use by other carriers increases and that slot controls at New York LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare airports raise fares. 73 The effect of slot controls at Washington National is statistically insignificant, possibly because of competition provided by nearby Washington Dulles and Baltimore-Washington airports. The quantitative implications of these findings indicate that airport access is an important area of concern for policymakers, but that hub dominance is even less of an issue than suggested by the previous model.

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