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Industry Structure, Segmentation, and Competition in the U.S. Hotel Industry, Journal of Industrial Economics

Abstract

We examine how quality competition affects the relationship between market size and industry structure at the product level using evidence from the U.S. hotel industry. Starting in the early 1980s, quality competition for business travelers became more based on variable and less on fixed costs, and became less scale intensive. Since then, market size increases have been met by more, but smaller, hotels in business travel destinations but continued to be met by larger hotels in personal travel destinations. Our results illustrate how the way consumers benefit from increases in market size depends on how firms compete

Type

Article

Author(s)

Thomas N. Hubbard, R Andrew Butters

Date Published

2022

Citations

Hubbard, Thomas N., and R Andrew Butters. 2022. Industry Structure, Segmentation, and Competition in the U.S. Hotel Industry. Journal of Industrial Economics.

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