The dynamics of online hotel prices and the EU case

Andrea Mantovani, Claudio Piga, Carlo Reggiani

Research output: Working paper


This paper analyses the dynamics of hotel prices listed on in the period 2014-16. This period is characterised by the most important antitrust decisions regarding the use of price parity clauses by online travel agencies (OTAs) in the EU. First, we document the dynamics of hotel prices on in tourism regions of three EU member states: France, Italy, and Spain. The evidence suggests that prices decreased in 2015, the year in which the major antitrust decisions took place, whereas they bounced back in 2016. Second, we provide both a comprehensive explanation of the previous evidence and a rationalisation based on a theoretical model of the OTAs sector. Overall, our overarching analysis of the price dynamics on allows to explain both the impact of removing price parities and the possible response of the OTAs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNET Institute
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2017


  • Price parity clauses
  • hotel booking
  • online travel agencies


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