MOTOR CARRIER SIZE AND PROFITABILITY

The analysis of economies of scale in trucking has no simple answers. This paper has found that the performance of various-sized trucking firms seems to result in a discontinuous function. Smaller firms in the sample apparently exhibit relative constant returns to scale. An argument, perhaps guarded, can be made that the very largest firms exhibit increasing returns to scale. The term "guarded" is used because of the small number of firms in the large sample, and the limited number of companies of this size actually existing. The figures are valid and significant but the reader is warned that the possibility does exist that we are dealing with a small number of unique enterprises at the very upper end of the size distribution of motor carriers. /GMRL/

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • Rakowski, J P
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00183118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM