Weather forecasts are a rare example of public information which is, at the same time, relevant for agents' decisions and entirely exogenous for both sides of the (tourism) market. We develop a model where signals of good weather have a positive impact on accommodation prices, the effect being stronger the higher the accuracy of the forecast and the ex-ante uncertainty in weather conditions. Using data from a sea and sun destination, we estimate an augmented hedonic price model and find that results robustly support the theory. We also find that the response of prices to weather forecasts is larger for upper-scale hotels than for low-and mid-scale hotels, a result we link to the superior pricing capability of the former.

Booking in the Rain. Testing the Impact of Public Information on Prices / Figini P.; Cicognani S.; Zirulia L.. - In: ITALIAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL. - ISSN 2199-322X. - STAMPA. - online first:(2022), pp. 1-36. [10.1007/s40797-022-00199-y]

Booking in the Rain. Testing the Impact of Public Information on Prices

Figini P.
;
Cicognani S.;Zirulia L.
2022

Abstract

Weather forecasts are a rare example of public information which is, at the same time, relevant for agents' decisions and entirely exogenous for both sides of the (tourism) market. We develop a model where signals of good weather have a positive impact on accommodation prices, the effect being stronger the higher the accuracy of the forecast and the ex-ante uncertainty in weather conditions. Using data from a sea and sun destination, we estimate an augmented hedonic price model and find that results robustly support the theory. We also find that the response of prices to weather forecasts is larger for upper-scale hotels than for low-and mid-scale hotels, a result we link to the superior pricing capability of the former.
2022
Booking in the Rain. Testing the Impact of Public Information on Prices / Figini P.; Cicognani S.; Zirulia L.. - In: ITALIAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL. - ISSN 2199-322X. - STAMPA. - online first:(2022), pp. 1-36. [10.1007/s40797-022-00199-y]
Figini P.; Cicognani S.; Zirulia L.
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