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"Industry’s distance costs? " - a fruitful concept?

Authors: Thorkel Christie Askildsen
Report nr: 956/2008
ISBN: 978-82-480-0874-3
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-0875-0
Language: Norwegian
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The report discusses whether the concept "Industry’s distance costs" can be turned into a suitable, operationable yardstick for Norwegian transport policy. We conclude that the meaning commonly assigned to the concept transcends the traditional domain of transport policy. The concept offers an enhanced understanding of the distance-related transaction costs incurred by the business community, while also exposing the limited influence of traditional transport policy in this area. Examining the correlation between freight rates and transport distance for small, domestic shipments of general cargo, the report also offers a glimpse into the complex process of price formation in this market.


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