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Claudio Piga is Professor of Economics at the Huddersfield Business School of the Huddersfield University. Previously, he was Professor of Economics and Head of the Economics and Finance group of the Keele Business School and prior to that he held positions at Loughborough, Nottingham and Hull University (UK), as well as the University of Sassari (Italy).

He was invited as Visiting Professor by the Economics and Management Departments of the Texas A&M University, the LUISS University (Rome) and the University of Cagliari.

Claudio's qualifications include a DPhil in Economics (University of York, UK), a Doctorate in Economics (University of Rome Tor Vergata) and an MSc in Economics (University of Turin). His research interests cover a number of areas in applied microeconomics: pricing, with a particular focus on the airline and the travel and tourism industry; policy evaluation and relevant econometric techniques; the economics of innovation and total factor productivity; micro-econometric approaches to study credit rationing and worthiness.

Current research is characterised by a data-intensive approach that builds upon large datasets obtained by scraping data from relevant websites. Combined with insights from economic theory, the statistical analysis has brought to the fore several important features of the pricing behaviours of firms in various industries. For instance, Claudio’s research has been the first to identify some operating aspects of the algorithms for airline pricing and has shed some light on the real extent by which hotels selling on a platform engage in “dynamic pricing”. His work on hotel pricing has also focused on the positive impact for consumers of some competition policy interventions at the EU level that have prohibited the use of specific pricing restrictions in Online Travel Agents Platforms.

In 2019, Claudio received a small research grant from the UK Office of National Statistics, for an exploratory study of the dynamics of the UK housing market. The project also relies extensively on the use of Big Data techniques to analyse the geographical asymmetries in the house market across areas. A press release of the project can be accessed at this link:      https://www.keele.ac.uk/kbs/newseventsandvideos/kbsnews/2019/february/thedynamicsofonlinehousepricesintheuk/dynamics-of-online-uk-house-prices.php

Other institutional work includes a Research Report commissioned by the UK Business Innovation and Skills Department, on the effect of training and R&D investment on the productivity of British firms. The report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/384345/bis-14-1270-private-and-external-benefits-from-investment-in-intangible-assets.pdf  

Finally, Claudio has also managed many research projects funded by such British Research Organizations as the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.

Research Expertise and Interests

Claudio's research interests cover a number of areas in applied microeconomics and Managerial Economics: pricing, with a particular focus on the airline and the travel and tourism industry; policy evaluation and relevant econometric techniques; the economics of innovation and total factor productivity; micro-econometric approaches to study credit rationing and worthiness. 

These are investigated using relevant statistical and econometric techniques, suitable for the investigation of Big Data and large datasets.

Research Degree Supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhD programmes on most aspects of Industrial Organization and Managerial Economics. Here are some possible areas on which there would be more sinergies with my current research activities.

The British UK housing market: linking economic and social phenomena.

Dynamic pricing in the hotel Industry

Dynamic and algorithm pricing in airline markets

Pricing in airline networks


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York

PhD, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Master, University of Turin

Bachelor, University of Sassari


  • Pricing
  • Economics
  • Productivity
  • Data Analysis

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pricing Social Sciences
firm Social Sciences
costs Social Sciences
market Social Sciences
cost Earth & Environmental Sciences
flight Social Sciences
price dynamics Earth & Environmental Sciences
territorial planning Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1998 2019

Is low-cost carriers’ revenue management a firm capability?

Alderighi, M., Nicolini, M. & Piga, C. A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Air Transport Management. 78, p. 15-22 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

airline industry

On the Economic Effects of Price Parity Clauses - What Do We Know Three Years Later?

Mantovani, A., Piga, C. & Reggiani, C., Dec 2018, In : Journal of European Competition Law and Practice. 9, 10, p. 650-654 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

12 Citations (Scopus)

Are all hotel prices created dynamic? An empirical assessment

Melis, G. & Piga, C. A., Oct 2017, In : International Journal of Hospitality Management. 67, p. 163-173 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

price dynamics
7 Citations (Scopus)

Competition, vertical relationship and countervailing power: Empirical evidence from the UK airport industry

Bottasso, A., Bruno, M., Conti, M. & Piga, C., Aug 2017, In : Journal of Regulatory Economics. 52, 1, p. 37-62 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Empirical evidence
Countervailing power
Vertical relationships
4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Innovation networks
Innovation activities