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Competing Networks, Spatial and Industrial Concentration in the US Airline Industry


  • Aisling Reynolds-Feighan


Abstract The paper uses Gini decomposition analysis to evaluate changes in the spatial distribution and industry shares of total US air traffic, as well as analysing the decomposition components for individual airlines and airports for the period 1990–2002. The paper develops explicit relationships between two of the main decomposition schemes used in the income inequality literature and shows the insights that such analysis may provide for evaluation and examination of air transport networks and traffic distributions. A multi-dimensional Gini and its decomposition are derived using an adjustment method derived from the relationship between the two Gini decomposition schemes.

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  • Aisling Reynolds-Feighan, 2007. "Competing Networks, Spatial and Industrial Concentration in the US Airline Industry," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(3), pages 237-257.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:2:y:2007:i:3:p:237-257
    DOI: 10.1080/17421770701549779

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    1. Thomas Demuynck, 2012. "An (almost) unbiased estimator for the S-Gini index," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 10(1), pages 109-126, March.
    2. Reynolds-Feighan, Aisling, 2010. "Characterisation of airline networks: A North American and European comparison," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 109-120.
    3. repec:eee:jotrge:v:17:y:2009:i:4:p:264-275 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Aisling J. Reynolds-Feighan, 2007. "Carrier Network Structures and the Spatial Distribution of Air Traffic in the European Air Transport Market, 1996-2006," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 97(1), pages 243-243, January-F.
    5. Tom Van Ourti & Philip Clarke, 2008. "The Bias of the Gini Coefficient due to Grouping," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-095/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    6. Allroggen, Florian & Wittman, Michael D. & Malina, Robert, 2015. "How air transport connects the world – A new metric of air connectivity and its evolution between 1990 and 2012," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 184-201.
    7. Cidell, Julie, 2014. "Spoke airports, intentional and unintentional ground travel, and the air travel decision-making process," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 113-123.
    8. repec:eee:jotrge:v:17:y:2009:i:5:p:402-412 is not listed on IDEAS
    9. Aisling J. Reynolds-Feighan, 2011. "Analysis of air freight networks in regional markets around the globe," Open Access publications 10197/2957, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    10. repec:eee:jotrge:v:50:y:2016:i:c:p:83-93 is not listed on IDEAS
    11. Aisling Reynolds-Feighan, 2017. "Small community impacts of liberalization and the provision of social air services," Chapters,in: Air Transport Liberalization, chapter 12, pages 220-243 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    12. Wei, Fangwu & Grubesic, Tony H., 2016. "The pain persists: Exploring the spatiotemporal trends in air fares and itinerary pricing in the United States, 2002–2013," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 107-121.
    13. repec:eee:jotrge:v:52:y:2016:i:c:p:98-110 is not listed on IDEAS
    14. repec:eee:jotrge:v:19:y:2011:i:2:p:244-254 is not listed on IDEAS
    15. Diana, Tony, 2010. "Predicting Arrival Delays: An Application of Spatial Analysis," 51st Annual Transportation Research Forum, Arlington, Virginia, March 11-13, 2010 207260, Transportation Research Forum.

    More about this item


    Airlines; Gini decomposition; spatial concentration; hub-and-spoke networks; I32; L11; l93;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms


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