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Railroad Restructuring in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe: One Solution for All Problems?

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Railways restructuring takes place under very different circumstances and with very different goals in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia. There are some improvements in productivity associated with the reforms in the European Union (among others access to infrastructure and vertical separation). But they are not certain to be replicated following similar restructuring in transition economies, especially if one takes account of the much higher shadow price on government subsidies in the latter. The current and proposed reforms in the railways of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia are described in detail; the likely outcomes of reforms in the special economic, regulatory and legal environments of these countries are analysed; and an alternative proposal for restructuring in Russia is presented.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Institut d'Economie Industrielle, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France and Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK 2: New Economic School, Moscow, Russia, and Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK 3: New Economic School and Economic Analysis Group, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, USA 4: University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovak Republic

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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