Incumbent Responses to Lower Cost Entry: Evidence from the U.S. Airline Industry

Brown University Department of Economics Paper No. 2003-22

27 Pages Posted: 18 May 2005

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Harumi Ito

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Darin Lee

Compass Lexecon; Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG), LLC

Date Written: December 11, 2003

Abstract

This paper analyzes the responses of incumbent hub-and-spoke carriers to low cost carrier (LCC) entry on routes served to and from their hubs over the past decade. Our analysis finds that the typical price and capacity response by incumbent hub-and-spoke carriers to LCC entry has been fairly accommodating. Moreover, our analysis also finds - somewhat surprisingly - that the likelihood of an LCC's entry into a hub market being successful is unrelated to the relative response of the incumbent.

Keywords: Airlines, Entry, Exit, Accommodation, Predation

JEL Classification: L11, L93

Suggested Citation

Ito, Harumi and Lee, Darin N., Incumbent Responses to Lower Cost Entry: Evidence from the U.S. Airline Industry (December 11, 2003). Brown University Department of Economics Paper No. 2003-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=724161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.724161

Harumi Ito

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Darin N. Lee (Contact Author)

Compass Lexecon ( email )

United States

Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG), LLC ( email )

350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 300
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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