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Airline Mergers: A Longer View

Airline Mergers: A Longer View

This paper examines relative fares and route competition for several years before and after the mergers. This captures trends that preceded the mergers as well as effects that take longer than a year to materialise. The results, which need to be interpreted with caution, suggest that the effects of some mergers are benign while others can lead to significant fare increases.

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