Railway Problems: Volume 1 by William Z. Ripley Railway Problems: An Early History of Competition, Rates and Regulations
By William Z. Ripley
2000/11 - Beard Books - Business Classic
Volume I -  435 pp.
1587980754 - Paperback - Reprint
Volume II -  433 pp.
1587980762 - Paperback - Reprint 

In this survey of transportation economics, many of the problems encountered by the railroads are examined.

Publisher Comments

Category: Maritime & Transportation

Of Interest:

Railroad Consolidation: Its Economics & Controlling Principles

Railroad Reorganization

Railroad, Rates and Regulations

Railroads: Finance & Organizations

Railroads: Rates-Service-Management

The Fallen Colossus

Transcontinental Railway Strategy, 1869-1893: A Study of Businessmen

Wreck of the Penn Central

Some of the intriguing problems that have confronted railroads are examined in this book. Topics include rebates and discriminations, pooling, traffic problems, the inherent reasonableness of railroad rates, relatively unreasonable rates for competing markets, the long-and-short haul question, the distance problem, the general systems of railway rates, and government regulation.

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William Zebina Ripley was born Oct. 13, 1867, in Medford, Mass., U.S. American economist and anthropologist. Ripley was trained in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in political economics at Columbia University, New York City (Ph.D., 1893). He spent most of his career as professor of political economy at Harvard University (1902-33). During World War I he served as administrator of labour standards for the U.S. War Department. In 1920-23 he drew up for the Interstate Commerce Commission the Ripley Plan for the regional consolidation of U.S. railways. In 1931-32, while testifying before the U.S. Senate, he advocated close federal restraint on investment trusts and on the financial practices of large business corporations.

He died Aug. 16, 1941 in Boothbay, Maine.

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Introduction. (Analysis of chapters) xi
I. A of Erie (Early speculative and financial scandals.) 1
II. Early American Conditions 62
III. Standard Oil Rebates 92
IV. The Building and Cost of the Union Pacific (Construction companies.) 108
V. The Southern Railway & Steamship Association (A typical pool) 128
VI. Unreasonable Rates
The Cincinnati Freight Bureau Case 153
The Maximum Freight Rate Decision, 1897 187
The Commerce Court Decision, 1911 198
VII. Commercial Competition: Rates on Salt 216
VIII. Relative Rates: The Eau Claire, Wis., Lumber Case 231
IX. Unreasonable Rates: The Savannah Naval Stores Case 252
X. Relative Rates: The Chattanooga Case 266
XI. The Long and Short Haul Clause: The St. Cloud, Minn., Case 297
XII. The Long and Short Haul Clause: The Savannah Fertilizer Case 314
XIII. Joint Through Rates and Prorating: Jobbing Competition 337
XIV. The Southern Basing Point System
The Troy, Ala., Case 357
The Alabama Midland Decision 378
XV. The Southern Basing Point System: The Dawson, Ga., Case 387
XVI. The Southern Rate System: The Danville, Va., Case 402
XVII. Transcontinental Freight Rates
The St. Louis Business Men's League Case 429
The Nevada Railroad Commission Case 464
XVIII. Export and Domestic Rates (Atlantic and Gulf competition) 487
XIX. Freight Classification: The Hatters' Furs Case 522
XX. How the States Make Interstate Rates 530
XXI. The Northern Securities Company (Railroad consolidation) 553
XXII. The Union Pacific-Southern Pacific Merger Dissolution (Railroads under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act) 567
XXIII. Reasonable Rates (Judicial determination) 597
XXIV. The Doctrine of Judicial Review 619
XXV. The Minnesota Rate Case 642
XXVI. The Regulation of Railway Rates under the Fourteenth Amendment 716
XXVII. The English Railway and Canal Commission of 1888 745
XXVIII. Railway Regulation in France 795
XXIX. Railroad Ownership in Germany 803
Index 827

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