Advances in Spatial and Network Economics

The Effects of Deregulation on U.S. Air Networks

Authors: Reynolds-Feighan, Aisling J.

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1. 1 A Brief History of U. S. Commercial Aviation Regulation and Deregulation The U. S. commercial aviation industry was regulated by the government for a period of 40 years, beginning in 1938 with. the passing of the Federal Aviation Act, and ending in October 1978 when President Carter signed into law the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA). There were 16 airlines in existence when the Federal Aviation Act was passed in 1938 (the so-called 'trunk lines'). The Act established the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) as the industry's regulatory body. The Act was passed principally because it was felt that the free market, if allowed to continue unregulated for much longer, would put many of these firms into bankruptcy. It is possible therefore to view the CAA of 1938 (re-organized into the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in 1940) as a response to a potential market failure at the time. In the 1930s, few air traffic markets could have efficiently"supported more than one airline operating in the market [Panzar (1980)]. Competition among the carriers was cut-throat, and it was felt that the near bankruptcy of the airlines in the period was caused principally by the competitive bidding system used by the Post Office in allotting airmail subsidies [Keeler (1972), Caves (1962)].

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Reynolds-Feighan, Dr. Aisling J.

  • Previous Studies on U.S. Airline Deregulation

    Pages 13-31

    Reynolds-Feighan, Dr. Aisling J.

  • The Setting: Trends in U.S. Commercial Aviation

    Pages 32-66

    Reynolds-Feighan, Dr. Aisling J.

  • Development of a Production Model of the Airline Firm

    Pages 67-81

    Reynolds-Feighan, Dr. Aisling J.

  • Data Description and Computation of the Production Variables

    Pages 82-104

    Reynolds-Feighan, Dr. Aisling J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Effects of Deregulation on U.S. Air Networks
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Spatial and Network Economics
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-77061-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-77061-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-77063-0
Series ISSN
1430-9599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 131
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