Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202393
Authors: 
Pittman, Russell
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
EAG Discussion Paper No. 11-3
Abstract: 
The Russian economy relies on the Russian freight railways to an extraordinary degree. In 2001, after years of debate, the Russian government adopted an ambitious plan to transform this vertically integrated, government owned monopoly into a system that would rely more on private investment and competition and less on government ownership and regulation. This paper examines the state of the industry after ten years of reforms, with a focus on competition, tariffs, and private sector participation. Much remains to be decided, in particular the question of whether Russia will settle on its own unique model of railways restructuring or will move in the direction of one of the three standard models seen in other countries: vertical separation as in the UK and Sweden, third party access as in Germany and France, or horizontal separation, as in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Subjects: 
freight railways
restructuring
competition
Russian Federation
vertical separation
third party access
horizontal separation
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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