The spatial and quality dimension of Airbnb markets

Augusto Voltes-Dorta, Federico Inchausti-Sintes

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Airbnb is now present in many tourist destinations worldwide. With the pricing power in the hands of the individual hosts, the assessment of competition is of great relevance. Despite the many studies on the drivers of Airbnb prices, there is no contribution yet on how quality affects the spatial dimensions of Airbnb markets. We aim to fill this gap with a case study of Bristol (UK). Using standard regression techniques, we find a quality-moderated spatial decay in the price effects of competition in local Airbnb markets. Thus, the price of a given listing is affected negatively by other listings within a set of radii that decrease with product differentiation. Beyond this local market boundary, the existence of other listings may increase prices, as demand is driven to the neighbourhood- or city-wide markets because of the diversity of tourism accommodation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTourism Economics
Early online date9 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2020


  • accommodation pricing
  • Airbnb
  • sharing economy
  • spatial economics


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