REPORT OF THE TWENTY-THIRD ROUND TABLE ON TRANSPORT ECONOMICS HELD IN PARIS ON 8TH AND 9TH NOVENBER, 1973 ON THE: OPTIMUM STRUCTURE AND SIZE OF ROAD HAULAGE FIRMS, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SPECIALIZATION

The first main section of this paper starts with a brief description of "the traditional view" of the structure and performance of the industry and an analysis follows of the actual market structure on the supply side. The second section is devoted to some of the empirical studies that have been made to investigate whether there are economies of scale within the road haulage industry. The focus will be on the conceptual and analytical problems connected with studies of this type, for example the problems of measuring size and of the effects of regulation on the actual size distribution of firms. In the third section the influence of demand on the road haulage industry's structure and operations will be discussed. The empirical studies investigating whether there are economies of large-scale operations have in general been focused on the cost side, and that is the main reason why a separate section here is devoted to the demand conditions. This is a very complex matter to deal with and only a few of the relevant problems will be examined. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    European Conference of Ministers of Transport

    19, rue de Franqueville
    75775 Paris Cedex 16,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Kritz, L
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ECMT Round Table 23 Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM