Jimmy Carter, Alfred Kahn, and Airline Deregulation
Anatomy of a Policy Success
By John Howard Brown
This article appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of The Independent Review
The appointment of economist Alfred Kahn to chair the Civil Aeronautics Board led to a milestone in the history of deregulation and a success story for an administration better known for failed economic policies. Not only did airline deregulation enable carriers to selectively cut fares, it also led to changes in entry and route structure that surprised many economists.
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