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justice department airline merger policyJustice Department airline merger policy is developed within the context of the Federal Aviation Act, in which there is an unusually explicit reliance on competition as a means of fulfilling statutory goals. The economics of the airline industry appear to indicate that low concentration and vigorous competition are particularly viable and desirable. Several factors, including existing regulatory policy, create incentives for airlines to merge whether or not an individual merger promotes or conflicts with the public interest. Specific benefits to the public should be identified and shown to clearly outweight the detriments, including adverse competitive impact, in order for airline mergers to be approved.
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Conference Paper
Farmer, D. A.
(Department of Justice Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
July 19, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: MIT MIT-NASA Workshop on Airline System Analysis, Vol. 2
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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