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University of Florida
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pricing Dynamics in the Australian Airline Market

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Nicolas De Roos - University of Sydney, Gordon Mills - University of Sydney, and Stephen Whelan - University of Sydney address Pricing Dynamics in the Australian Airline Market.

ABSTRACT: We examine price dispersion in a large dataset of Australian domestic airfares. The airlines vary the lowest available fares on successive booking days by restricting the menu of available ticket types, and by changing the prices for some of those types. Our fixed-effects estimator allows us to characterise both of those mechanisms. The greatest price variation occurs on routes involving competition between the two main airlines, Qantas and Virgin; there is greater variation on monopoly routes than on routes pitting Virgin against the Qantas subsidiary, Jetstar. The lowest fares rise rapidly in the week before travel.

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