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Do horizontal mergers induce entry? Evidence from the US airline industry

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  • Bougette, Patrice
  • Hüschelrath, Kai
  • Müller, Kathrin

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Theoretical research has investigated the relevance of entry-inducing effects as countervailing factor to a merger-related increase in market power. We use route-level data for the America West Airlines - US Airways merger (2005) to investigate whether such an effect can be identified empirically. Our results show that both entry-inducing and entry-dissuading effects can be observed depending on the type of affected route and the carrier under investigation. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 13-030.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:13030

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Keywords: Airline industry; merger; entry-inducing effects;

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  1. Spector, David, 2003. "Horizontal mergers, entry, and efficiency defences," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 21(10), pages 1591-1600, December.
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