Short-run total cost change and productivity of US Class I railroads

Lim, Siew Hoon and Lovell, Charles A. K. (2008) Short-run total cost change and productivity of US Class I railroads. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 42 1: 155-188.

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Author Lim, Siew Hoon
Lovell, Charles A. K.
Title Short-run total cost change and productivity of US Class I railroads
Journal name Journal of Transport Economics and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5258
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 42
Issue 1
Start page 155
End page 188
Total pages 34
Place of publication Bath, U.K.
Publisher University of Bath
Language eng
Subject 140217 Transport Economics
1402 Applied Economics
Abstract This paper examines how productivity changes contribute to short-run cost variations over time and across railroads. Using an unbalanced panel of US Class I railroad data for the period 1996-2003, decomposition models were used to attribute intertemporal and multilateral cost variations to their causal factors. We find that (i) railroads were able to reduce their physical capitals in recent years; (ii) railroads experienced technical progress over time, but they were technically and allocatively inefficient in some time periods; and (iii) the benchmarking railroads could learn from the low-cost and cost-efficient benchmark when it comes to cost savings
Keyword Railroads
Short-run cost variations
Decomposition models
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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