April 24, 2019 Feature

Lessons from the Economic Deregulation of the Airline and Telecommunications Industries

By Debra J. Aron

The telecommunications and airline industries underwent very different paths to deregulation after decades of economic regulation. Airlines were deregulated in essentially cold-turkey fashion, while telecommunications were deregulated in a highly piecemeal manner over many years (and are not entirely deregulated to this day). Despite the divergent deregulatory strategies, some common themes emerged.

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