Discriminatory fares: identifying predatory behaviour
This paper examines the economics of discrimination in airline fares and raises the question of when it may be desirable and when undesirable. One of the main points in this debate concerns the use of discriminatory pricing as a strategic weapon in competition against other airlines. Discriminatory air fares have sometimes been described as predatory pricing, something currently under examination in Brussels by the European Commission, which is considering issuing some guidelines on the practice. The paper addresses the main issues involved and discusses the implications of discrimination and predation for airline competition generally. One of the main points it makes is that fares can sometimes be predatory even when set above the airline's short-run cost. It concludes by suggesting an approach in which the dynamic and strategic nature of predatory behaviour would be recognized.
Volume (Year): 1 (1994)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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