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Global Airline Productivity, 1980–2013

Gianmaria Martini, Davide Scotti and Nicola Volta

A chapter in Airline Economics in Europe, 2019, vol. 8, pp 91-116 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract This chapter considers the productivity of 77 airlines between 1980 and 2013. We do so by estimating a stochastic frontier and decomposing the total factor productivity growth into efficiency, technical and scale efficiency change. Our results show that, on average, airlines increased productivity over the period but that, while efficiency and technical change improved, scale efficiency results indicate that the average airline moved away from the most productive scale size. This was especially so in the two decades after 1980. Comparisons between geographical areas, business models, networks and alliances are also made.

Keywords: Productivity; efficiency; scale; technical change; stochastic frontier; TFP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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