Call for Abstracts: Competition in Passenger Railways in Central and Eastern European countries

Prague, June 19 – 20, 2014

Liberalization of railway markets in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries has progressed substantially and the intensity of competition is sharply increasing. However, modal share of railways has been declining, quality of services is questionable, and liberalization is bringing about new problems in regulation of competition.

The main problematic issues contain enforcing fair rules of the game, deciding between competition in and for the market, optimal level of infrastructure charges and inadequate public funding. Therefore, we are calling for papers dealing with competition in railways. Especially welcomed are papers in the following areas:

  • Competition in and for market in rail passenger transport
  • Optimal design of competitive tendering in rail passenger transport
  • New geographical patterns in rail traffic flows in the CEE countries
  • Railway competition and quality and capacity of infrastructure

Papers should concentrate on experience of CEE countries, or should be relevant to them. Comparative papers are especially welcomed. The workshop will be policy-oriented with the aim to formulate recommendations for policy makers.

The call for abstracts will close on February 20, 2014; authors will be informed of the outcome by February 28, 2014. Full papers will be due by May 31, 2014. A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of the journal Review of Economic Perspectives.

Venue: Charles University in Prague, Faculty od Social Sciences

Organizing committee:

Zdeněk Tomeš, Martin Kvizda, Daniel Seidenglanz (Masaryk University Brno); Tomáš Nigrin (Charles University Prague).

Contact: Monika Jandova (

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