Transportation Safety in an Age of Deregulation

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Recent legislation deregulating the airline and trucking industries has enhanced competition and reduced real transportation prices by putting pressure on firms to operate more efficiently. Yet, with the entry of many new small airlines and trucking firms facing the financial pressures of competition, many legislators fear that public safety will be reduced due to compromises in maintenance, equipment replacement, recruitment and training. This volume examines the theoretical and empirical issues involved in the ...

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Overview

Recent legislation deregulating the airline and trucking industries has enhanced competition and reduced real transportation prices by putting pressure on firms to operate more efficiently. Yet, with the entry of many new small airlines and trucking firms facing the financial pressures of competition, many legislators fear that public safety will be reduced due to compromises in maintenance, equipment replacement, recruitment and training. This volume examines the theoretical and empirical issues involved in the debate on the relationship between safety and economic performance in the airline and trucking industries. Contributors discuss such factors as the role of government as provider of safety oversight personnel and airport and road space quality, and conclude that the government has not acted quickly enough to provide the additional safety resources to meet the changed needs of the two industries, though the evidence does not support the notion that deregulation has compromised safety.

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"Moses and Savage have put together a volume that is both timely and comprehensive. I cannot think of another occasion when one regulatory episode been subjected to such close scrutiny by such a powerful group of scholars." — Accid. Anal. & Prev.

"...a useful source of readings for courses in transportation economics, regulation, and public policy."—Journal of Economic Literature

"For those who are interested in both economics and safety this is a useful book."—The Journal of Transport History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195057973
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Pages: 368
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.31 (d)

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