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The value of bluer skies: How much do consumers gain from entry by JetBlue Airways in long-haul US Airline Markets?

Kai Hüschelrath and Kathrin Müller
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Kai Hueschelrath

No 12-072, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: The paper estimates the effects of entry by low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways in long-haul domestic U.S. airline markets. For the period from 2000 to 2009, we find that non-stop fares were on average about 21 percent lower post-entry; however, the magnitude of the price effect depends on the pre-entry market structure. While entry into monopoly markets triggered an average price decrease of about 25 percent, the respective average price drop for entries into oligopoly markets lied at about 15 percent. Based on additional estimates of the price and income elasticities for long-haul domestic U.S. flights, we conclude that JetBlue's long-haul entries alone led to an increase in consumer welfare of about USD 661 million.

Keywords: airline industry; entry; low-cost carrier; consumer welfare effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L40 L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-ind, nep-mkt, nep-tre and nep-tur
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Journal Article: THE VALUE OF BLUER SKIES. – HOW MUCH DO CONSUMERS GAIN FROM ENTRY BY JETBLUE AIRWAYS IN LONG-HAUL U.S. AIRLINE MARKETS? (2014)
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