• Huddersfield Business School University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Economic analysis of the British Housing Market Competition among Online Travel Agent Platforms Airline Markets and Revenue Management Productivity and investment in Intangible Assets

  • 750 Citations
  • 18 h-Index

Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Pricing
  • Economics
  • Productivity
  • Data Analysis

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Claudio Piga is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output

  • 750 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Editorial

Spillover effects of government initiatives fostering entrepreneurship on the access to bank credit for entrepreneurial firms in Europe

Moro, A., Maresch, D., Fink, M., Ferrando, A. & Piga, C., 1 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Corporate Finance. 62, 23 p., 101603.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 22 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

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)