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EVENTS ON October 8, 2015

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Estimation of Airline Initnerary Choice Models Using Deisaggregate Ticket Data

Seminar Speaker Laurie Garrow, Associate Professor of Transportation Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Airline itinerary choice models support many multi-million dollar decisions, e.g., they are used to evaluate potential route schedules and inform aircraft purchase decisions. Classic itinerary choice models suffer from major limitations, most notably they use average fare information but to not correct for price endogeneity. In 2013, Dr. Garrow established the first (and to date only) academic partnership with the Airlines Reporting Corporation. Through this partnership, she has access to six years of ticketing data for U.S. carriers. We use this database of airline tickets to estimate itinerary choice and compare these to classic itinerary choice models that use aggregate fare information but correct for price endogeneity. We describe how we plan to extend our approach to evaluate consumer welfare impacts of recent U.S. airline mergers.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center - lower level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/