Since the deregulation of transport markets in many countries around the world, increased competitive interactions have led to substantial improvements in allocative, productive, transactional as well as dynamic efficiency. Notwithstanding the important successes of such market reforms, empirical studies suggest that the realized market performances still remain suboptimal in many transport modes and markets. Reasons for such a remaining improvement potential include persistent - but economically redundant - regulatory interventions, remaining or regained market power of incumbent market players as well as access problems to "essential facilities" such as transport infrastructures.

Against this background, the workshop brings together academics and practitioners to discuss current topics and trends of competition, regulation, and public governance in transport markets. Although the workshop is open for any kind of contribution within the field, the submission of proposals focusing on aspects of intermodal competition is particularly encouraged. Furthermore, some sessions will be specifically dedicated to the liberalization of the airline industry and will be organized in cooperation with the German Aviation Research Society (GARS).

Keynote Speakers

Kenneth Button (George Mason University, Fairfax, USA)
David Gillen (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Peter Forsyth (Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) tbc

Organiting Committee

Patrick Beschorner (ZEW)
Kai Hüschelrath (ZEW)

Program (as PDF file, 49 KB)
Registration closed

The registration fee will be €100 and €75 for members of the German Aviation Research Society. Speakers will receive a discount of 50%. The registration fee covers workshop materials, coffee breaks, one lunch break and the workshop dinner on November 26.

Directions & map

The workshop is related to the Research Network on Innovation and Competition Policy (RNIC). Further information about RNIC is available at


We recommend the following hotels for your stay as they are near to the workshop venue. Please make your bookings as soon as possible. In case both hotels are fully booked please inform us and we will propose alternatives.

Best Western Delta Park Hotel

Keplerstraße 24, 68165 Mannheim, Phone: ++49 (0) 621-44 51 0, Fax: ++49 (0) 621-44 51 888,

Hotel am Bismarck

Bismarckplatz 9-11, 68165 Mannheim, Phone: ++49.(0)621.40 30 96, Fax: 0049.(0)621.44 46 05,

Submission of Proposals

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted. All proposals must include a cover page with the following information:

  • An abstract of up to 500 words (for full paper submissions);
  • Authors' full name and affiliation;
  • Contact details for corresponding author, such as address, phone, and e-mail.

All papers or abstracts should be submitted electronically to the workshop organizers, Patrick Beschorner and Kai Hueschelrath, via the e-mail address as doc or pdf files (preferably pdf) no later than August 30, 2007. Proposals must be in English. All proposals will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers or abstracts will be notified no later than September 15, 2007.


26.11.2007 - 27.11.2007


ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim


Senior Researcher