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How Airline Markets Work...Or Do They? Regulatory Reform in the Airline Industry

Severin Borenstein, Nancy L. Rose

NBER Working Paper No. 13452
Issued in September 2007
NBER Program(s):   IO

Following a brief review of the U.S. domestic airline industry under regulation (1938-1978), we study the changes that have occurred in pricing, service, and competition in the 28 years since deregulation. We then examine some of the major public policy issues facing the industry: (a) the sustainability of competition and volatility of airline profits, (b) possible market power of dominant airlines, and (c) congestion and investment shortfall in the airport and air traffic infrastructure.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w13452

Published: How Airline Markets Work…or Do They? Regulatory Reform in the Airline Industry, Severin Borenstein, Nancy L. Rose. in Economic Regulation and Its Reform: What Have We Learned?, Rose. 2014

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