Impacts of airline mergers on passenger welfare

Since 2005, the US airline industry has undergone a series of consolidations. The authors provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall effects of five major recent mergers on passengers’ welfare. They compute consumer surplus changes using passenger discrete choice models based on the attributes of airlines and routes. They then evaluate these changes, as well as changes in frequency and fare, using a difference-in-differences approach. The authors' major findings include large consumer welfare gains following the DL-NW and UA-CO mergers, welfare gains in regions dominated by the larger carrier in the merger, and welfare losses in highly concentrated markets following legacy mergers.


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  • Accession Number: 01634211
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 2017 9:45AM