The economic theory of regulation and trucking deregulation: Shifting to the state level

Paul Teske, Samuel Best, Michael Mintrom

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Federal deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980 created a general gain in economic welfare at the expense of the monopoly rents of powerful interests, leading some scholars to ponder the limitations of the economic theory of regulation. However, analyzing only the federal changes excludes evidence from the significant intrastate sector of the trucking industry, regulation of which remains largely unchanged from that prior to 1980. This paper argues that after a decade of clear federal policy success, truckers continue to capture most state regulators, sustaining monopoly rents in what would otherwise be an inherently competitive industry. Using data from the fifty states, we demonstrate the extent to which the economic theory is in fact consistent with trucking industry evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Choice
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1994

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