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Airline Pricing Behaviour Under Limited Intermodal Competition

Angela Bergantino and Claudia Capozza ()
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Claudia Capozza: University of Bari "Aldo Moro"

No 44, SERIES from Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"

Abstract: This paper explores airline pricing behaviour dealing with two issues. The Örst is to measure the extent to which intramodal competition inaÌ uences fares charged to travellers. The second is to shed light on faresiÌ intertemporal proÖle to verify if airlines undertake intertemporal price discrimination (IPD) strate- gies and whether IPD is of monopolistic-type or competitive-type. Di§erently from past contributions, we study airline pricing behaviour removing the inaÌ u- ence of intermodal competition. To this scope, we focus on the southern Italian market since it is less accessible by other modes and thus, air transport-related competition prevails. Our results claim that when the intramodal competition reduces, airlines apply higher fares as they exploit the greater market power arising from more concentrated market structure. Further, we Önd evidence that airlines do undertake IPD strategies - the intertemporal proÖle of fares follows a J-curve - but that they do so in more competitive markets.

Keywords: airfares; market structure; intertemporal price discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L11 L13 L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-11, Revised 2012-11
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