Nov 8 The Omission of Israel from Airline Route Maps

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar series on Tuesdays from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. The next presentations are:
November 8 – Joel Waldfogel and Paul Vaaler on Israel’s Omission from Airline Route Maps
December 6 – Peter Calow on Advice v. Advocacy at the Science/Public-Policy interface
Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a seminar on Global Policy

Professors Joel Waldfogel and Paul Vaaler
Department of Strategic Management
Carlson School, University of Minnesota

will speak on The Omission of Israel from Airline Route Maps

12:45 - 2:00 pm  Tuesday, November 8

The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

While product differentiation is in general benign, it can be employed to discriminate against customer groups, either to enhance profitability by appealing to discriminatory customers or in unprofitable ways that indulge owners’ tastes for discrimination. We explore discriminatory product differentiation in the airline market through airlines’ a) depiction of Israel on their online route maps, and b) whether they publicly offer kosher in-flight meals. We document that numerous world airlines omit Israel from their online route maps (while including all other countries); most of these online maps bear the Google logo; and three of these airlines are members of major international alliances. Using data on 114 major airlines, we explore the determinants of Israel route map denial as well as the availability of kosher meals to draw inferences about airlines' motivations and possible public policy responses.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served
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