Title

Analysis of the technological features of regional public transport companies: the Tunisian case

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2015

Subject Area

place - urban, place - africa, economics - economies of scale

Keywords

Public transport, Cost structure, Technological features, Panel data

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assess the cost-structure of the public transport industry in Tunisia. Thus, we use a translog variable cost function to identify the firms’ technological features. In this analysis, we work on a sample of 12 Tunisian regional transport companies (RTC) over the 2000/2010 period. The main results show the critical productive situation of the urban public transport system in Tunisia. This can be exemplified by the presence of a short and long term diseconomy of scale, given that the overall factor productivity is low and almost zero.

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