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Airline Partnerships, Antitrust Immunity, and Joint Ventures: What We Know and What I Think We Would Like to Know

Authors
  • Bilotkach, Volodymyr1
  • 1 Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 4SE, UK , Newcastle-upon-Tyne (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Industrial Organization
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jun 05, 2018
Volume
54
Issue
1
Pages
37–60
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-018-9636-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This paper offers an overview of the state of research on airline partnerships and related issues: antitrust immunity, and joint ventures. While at a high level the potential pro- and anti-competitive effects of various forms of airline partnerships are well understood; a number of important gaps in our knowledge remain. For instance, academic research has yet to develop a clear way to differentiate between codesharing with and without immunity, and joint ventures with the use of the conventional IO modelling apparatus. Developing such theoretical models can be useful for policy makers. Future empirical research should focus on understanding the effects of joint ventures—as well as evaluating efficiency benefits of airline partnerships—and determining whether multimarket contact and repeated interaction could have led to the competitive environment that is conducive to tacit collusion.

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