Will Czech Trains Ever Reach Their Destinations Efficiently?
By Tomás Otáhal
Tomás Pospísil

This article appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of The Independent Review


The Czech Ministry of Transport views the country’s dominant railway company as a profit-seeking state monopoly that benefits the public, but economists view the firm as wasteful and the railway industry as noncompetitive. Most economists have been reluctant, however, to recommend a reform essential to fostering competition and efficiency in the railway industry—namely, ending its support from government subsidies.

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