Some Curious Old Practices and their Relevance to Equilibrium in Bus Competition

Some Curious Old Practices and their Relevance to Equilibrium in Bus Competition

Many of the bad practices of bus drivers before 1933 will be prevented under the transport Act 1985, or will be unprofitable. Others which may be revived are not necessarily harmful and may conduce to competitive equilibrium. The authors make suggestions for policy.

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