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The industrial organization of competition in local bus services

Abstract

This article is aimed at deepening our understanding of the functioning of competition in the local bus transportation industry and to evaluate its effectiveness. It provides an overview of the competitive constraints that are at work in the industry as discussed in the economic literature, and sketches empirical tests to check whether the intuitions provided by the economists are in line with the reality of the industry.Cet article vise à approfondir notre compréhension du fonctionnement de la concurrence dans l'industrie du transport urbain. Il donne un aperçu des contraintes concurrentielles qui sont à l'œuvre dans l'industrie tel que discuté dans la littérature économique, et esquisse des tests empiriques afin de vérifier si les intuitions fournies par les économistes sont en phase avec la réalité de l'industrie

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This paper was published in HAL-Paris1.

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