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Rate regulation and economic efficiency in rural road goods transport

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dc.contributor.author Ambler, T. I.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-11T02:21:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-11T02:21:45Z
dc.date.issued 1976-08
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10182/883
dc.description.abstract The justification for the setting of rate maximums and minimums by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport for the rural road goods transport industry is reviewed in the light of the continuing need for greater efficiency in the farm servicing industries. Doubts are raised as to the validity of the original justifications in today's context. Because the rural road goods transport industry provides an unscheduled service, rate setting by Government is not clearly consistent with economic efficiency. The forces of price competition are not acting to reduce prices. Rather, farmers are paying for the luxury of service competition with rates being fixed by a third party, within a narrow range and on a cost plus criterion. It is suggested that minimum rate controls should be removed, that rates charged should more closely reflect cost differences and that controls over entry to the industry should be relaxed. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lincoln College. Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Discussion paper (Lincoln College (University of Canterbury). Agricultural and Economics Research Unit) ; no. 35 en
dc.subject transport industry en
dc.subject freight en
dc.subject transportation en
dc.subject economic efficiency en
dc.subject economic aspects en
dc.subject agricultural commodities en
dc.title Rate regulation and economic efficiency in rural road goods transport en
dc.type Discussion Paper en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::340000 Economics::340200 Applied Economics::340201 Agricultural economics en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::340000 Economics::340200 Applied Economics::340205 Industry economics and industrial organisation en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services::350400 Transportation en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::340000 Economics::340200 Applied Economics::340211 Transport economics en
lu.contributor.unit Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit en


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