On the Dynamics of (Anti)Competitive Behaviour in the Airline Industry
CandidateYannis Kerkemezos (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
FieldOrganizations and Markets
LocationErasmus University, Erasmus Building, Senate Hall
Date and time
December 13, 2019
09:30 - 11:00
This thesis consists of three empirical studies that
examine the relationship between different forms of rivalry in monopoly and
oligopoly airline markets and the resulting market price outcomes. The ultimate
goal of this work is to empirically distinguish the concept of competition from
the market structure, which is often conceived as a combination of the number
of firms present in a market and their relative market share or dominance.
These studies build on economic theory of imperfect competition to determine
the incentives for rivalry in each context and in turn develop a measure of the
intensity of competition in order to study its effect on market price outcomes.
A large part of this thesis focuses on forms and instruments of rivalry that
firms may deploy to maintain or expand their market dominance and restrain
competition. It therefore studies the dynamics of both competitive and
plausibly anticompetitive behaviour in the airline industry.
Yannis Kerkemezos (1990) holds a BSc in Economics from the
University of Amsterdam and a MSc in Economics and Business from the Erasmus
University Rotterdam. In September 2015, he joined the Organization, Strategy
and Entrepreneurship group of the Applied Economics department at Erasmus
School of Economics as a PhD candidate. His research interests lie in the
fields of industrial organization, competition and strategy economics. Yannis currently
works as an Economist in the department of Competition and Regulation at CPB
Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in the Hague.