publication . Article . 1990

Railroads and Competition: The Santa Fe/Southern Pacific Merger Proposal

Pittman, Russell W;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Sep 1990
The "Merger Guidelines" of the U.S. Department of Justice provide the framework for a detailed analysis of the competitive implications of the proposed merger of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads. Although the gross welfare loss from the merger is found to be large--in the range of $40-230 million per year--the transfers from shippers to the railroads are much larger. Thus, an overall welfare calculus requires not only an accurate estimate of the efficiencies resulting from the merger, but also a judgment as to the welfare relevance of wealth transfers. Copyright 1990 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Accounting, General Business, Management and Accounting, Merger guidelines, Economics, Microeconomics, Welfare, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Deadweight loss, Publishing, business.industry, business
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