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Safety, profitability and the load factor for airlines in the USA


  • Dipendra Sinha

    () (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan and Macquarie University, Australia)


This paper studies the causal relationship between safety, profitability and the load factor for US airlines taking airline deregulation into account. The results indicate that there is some evidence that profitability and the growth of load factor cause fatalities/accidents. Bivariate causality tests show that profitability does not cause fatalities/accidents.

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  • Dipendra Sinha, 2007. "Safety, profitability and the load factor for airlines in the USA," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 12(6), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06l90001

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    1. Granger, C W J, 1969. "Investigating Causal Relations by Econometric Models and Cross-Spectral Methods," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 37(3), pages 424-438, July.
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    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General


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