The existing literature on domestic-airline mergers focuses on domestic competitive incentives determining merger behavior and neglects the impact of international competitive incentives. I argue that domestic airline mergers increase international efficiency - via the enhancement of domestic networks and the elimination of domestic competition - which correspondingly leads to an improved international competitive position. Comprehensive panel data - covering international airline markets between the US and twenty nations over the 1984-1992 period - allows testing this argument. The results support both domestic mergers and large domestic networks improving the international competitive position of airlines.
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- Industrial relations
- Aerospace Engineering
- Economics and Econometrics
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
- Strategy and Management
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering