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Report of the One Hundred and Thirty Third Round Table on Transport Economics : on the following topic : (de)regulation of the taxi industry.

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.; European Conference of Ministers of Transport.; Transport Research Centre.
Publisher: Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This Round Table examined the basic case for liberalisation of the taxi industry, and reviewed experiences with taxi (de- )regulation in OECD and ECMT member countries. There are a number of aspects to regulation of the taxi industry: regulation of entry into the industry, price regulation and service quality regulation. The discussions of these aspects concluded that little empirical evidence supported the argument  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Round Table on Transport Economics (133rd : 2005 : Paris, France).
Report of the One Hundred and Thirty Third Round Table on Transport Economics.
Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007
(OCoLC)608406102
Material Type: Conference publication, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.; European Conference of Ministers of Transport.; Transport Research Centre.
ISBN: 9789282101124 9282101126
OCLC Number: 122307059
Notes: At head of title: Transport Research Centre.
Conference held in Paris, 14-15 April 2005.
Also available in French under title: La (de)réglementation du secteur des taxis.
Description: 169 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Quebec : the role of taxis in public transport / by D. Cartier --
Experiences with (de- )regulation in the European taxi industry / by J.-T. Bekken --
Deregulation of the taxi industry : experiences in the Netherlands / by P. Bakker --
Regulation of the taxi industry : some economic background / by A. and E. Liston-Heyes --
Other contributions.
Other Titles: (De)regulation of the taxi industry
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Abstract:

This Round Table examined the basic case for liberalisation of the taxi industry, and reviewed experiences with taxi (de- )regulation in OECD and ECMT member countries. There are a number of aspects to regulation of the taxi industry: regulation of entry into the industry, price regulation and service quality regulation. The discussions of these aspects concluded that little empirical evidence supported the argument that entry restrictions improved capacity utilization. On the contrary, the case could be made that increased entry and associated economies of density, as well as shorter passenger waiting times, warranted subsidies for entry. The need for price regulation depends on the type and structure of the taxi market. Consumers face search and switching costs when they require taxi services, which gives taxi operators considerable price-setting power. The abuse of that market power is greater in unfamiliar geographic environments and in the cruising market. In markets dominated by dispatch centers, firms may earn a reputation for high or low service prices, which opens up the possibility of some price competition. A similar argument applies to service quality. The more anonymous the market, the greater the need for regulation. Again, dispatch centers enhance the self-regulatory role of competition for repeat customer relations by building a good reputation.--Publisher's description.

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