Competition in the German Interurban Bus Industry: A Snapshot Two Years after Liberalization

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Niklas Dürr

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Competition and Regulation Research Group

Kai Hüschelrath

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

We study competition in the German interurban bus industry two years after its liberalization in January 2013. In addition to a brief characterization of the liberalization process and several general market developments, we provide a detailed analysis of selected market characteristics such as concentration and competitive interaction, fares as well as service quality. We use the gained insights to discuss two recent policy issues – industry consolidation and possible abuses of market power by incumbents – and derive several recommendations to secure effective competition in the industry.

Keywords: Liberalization, interurban bus services, competition, merger, predation, Germany

JEL Classification: L11, L41, L43, L92, K21, K23

Suggested Citation

Dürr, Niklas and Hüschelrath, Kai, Competition in the German Interurban Bus Industry: A Snapshot Two Years after Liberalization (August 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-062, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2663424

Niklas Dürr (Contact Author)

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Kai Hüschelrath

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

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