INFER Workshops

6th INFER Workshop on Economic Policy: Competition Policy in the Transport Sector

From: 2004-10-22 to: 2004-10-23
Place: Reus, Spain

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Workshop Topics

Market orientated instruments and private as opposed to governmental provision play an increasingly important role for the provision of transport infrastructures and the restructuring of the transport sector. In addition, globalization and EU enlargement will boost demand for transport services. But because of the sector’s almost exclusive reliance on oil products a growing demand for transport services is bound to cause additional environmental problems and may contribute to a growing dependence on oil. In fact, these developments seem to ensure that transport sector issues will rank high among researchers and policy makers for the time being.

The INFER workshop Competition Policy in the Transport Sector aims at discussing these issues in a broad sense. Theoretical, empirical and policy orientated papers on all modes of transport and transport related issues are welcome for presentation. Conference topics may include, but are not limited to: road transport, railways, air transport, maritime transport, inland waterways transport, pipeline transport, transport and the environment, diversified energy for transport, etc.

Target group

The conference is addressed to experienced researchers and professionals from business, government or non-governmental institutions. Junior scholars and PhD students are encouraged to submit a paper.

Publication of papers

Papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference volume in early 2005. The registration fee for speakers includes a complimentary copy of the conference volume.

Preliminary Programme

(as of September 6, 2004)

Friday, October 22, 2004
17h00 – 18h00 Registration at the Faculty of Economics, Reus
18h00 – 18h05 Welcome Address and Opening of Conference
18h05 – 18h15 Greetings by the board of INFER

Session 1: Perspectives of Competition in Transportation
18h15 – 18h45

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Universidad Jaume I, Castellíon/Spain, Eva María Pérez García, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia/Spain, Elena San Juán Lucas, Universidad Jaume I, Castellíon/Spain and Celestino Suárez Burguet, Universidad Jaume I, Castellíon/Spain

How Important are Transport Costs for International Trade? Empirical Evidence

18h45 – 19h15

Michael Pickhardt, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz/Germany

Emil Sax on Competition and the Role of the State in Transportation: An Overview

19h15 – 19h45 Snack and informal meeting

19h45 – 20h45

Woodrow W. Clark II, The Milken Institute, Santa Monica/U.S.A.

Building the Hydrogen Freeway – California Style

21h00 Joint Dinner

Saturday, October 23, 2004
Session 2: Air Transportation I

9h00 – 9h30

Colm McCarthy, DKM Economic Consultants, Dublin/Ireland and Jacinta McDonnell, DKM Economic Consultants, Dublin/Ireland

Late Arrival: A Competition Policy for Europe’s Airports

9h30 – 10h00

Frank Fichert, University of Applied Sciences, Heilbronn/Germany

Economic Instruments for Reducing Aircraft Noise – Theoretical Framework and Recent Experiences

10h00 – 10h15 Coffee break

Session 3: Air Transportation II

10h15 – 10h45

Jon L. Bryan, Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts/U.S.A.

The Bargaining Power of Air Transport Labor in a Newly Competitive Environment

10h45 – 11h15

Belén Rey, Universidad de Complutense de Madrid, Madrid/Spain and Vicente Inglada, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid/Spain

Modelling Spanish Air Travel Demand

11h15 – 11h45 Coffee break

Session 4: Transportation and Choice

11h45 – 12h15

Leonardo Garcia-Menéndez, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia/Spain, Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Universidad Jaume I, Castellíon/Spain and Eva María Pérez García, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia/Spain

Transport Logistics and Modal Split of Spanish Exports to Europe: Empirical Evidence

12h15 – 12h45

Thierry Blayac, Université Montpellier I, Montpellier/France

Value of Travel Time: A Theoretical Legitimization of some Box-Cox Transformation in Discrete Choice Models

12h45 – 14h30 Lunch (In Reus city, 15–20 minutes walking)

Session 5: Issues in Bus Transport Competition

14h30 – 15h00

Edward Shinnick, University College Cork, Cork/Ireland and Sarah McEnery, University College Cork, Cork/Ireland

The Potential for Increased Competition in Bus Transport: The Case of Ireland

15h00 – 15h30

Sanjay K. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh/India

Productivity, Prices, and Profitability: A Case Study of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation in India

15h30 – 16h00 Coffee break

Session 6: Competition in Sectors Related to Transportation

16h00 – 16h30

Maria Jakobsson, Stockholm University, Stockholm/Schweden

Bid-rigging in Swedish Procurement Auctions

16h30 – 17h00

Carlos Enríquez Marchal, Central Nuclear de Tarragona/Spain

Competition and the Transport of Hazardous Goods

17h00 – 17h15 Closing Session

17h15 – 17h30
Farewell coffee

Workshop fee

The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:

The registration fee covers participation in the conference, snacks and coffee-breaks during the conference and a complimentary copy of the conference volume for paper presenters. Each participant, however, is responsible for her/his own expenses on lunch, dinner, accommodation, travel, etc.

Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR only (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). You are invited to become a member!


The workshop will take place at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics, Reus, Spain The city of Reus is located near Tarragona and about 120 km from Barcelona.

Travel & Accommodation

Reus airport is fairly close to the conference venue (about 10 km). The airport is used by a number of low fare airlines including, and others. Alternatively, you may use Barcelona airport or Gerona airport. There are frequent trains and buses between Barcelona/Tarragona and Tarragona/Reus. Also, there is a daily train from Montpellier (France) to Valencia (Spain) that stops in Tarragona.

A list of hotels and hostels will be available in due time here or emailed upon request

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