Is One Long Tail Enough? (Cuando Una Long Tail No Es Suficiente)

16 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2008

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Guillermo de Haro

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Jorge Sainz

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Department of Applied Economics

Ignacio Somalo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Literature on the Long Tail has focus on the effects of the behavior of their clients and the effect on the company results. One of the main problems on the analysis of the effect is the scarcity of quality data. Most of the analysis has several shortcomings as they only reflect indirect data or they exclusively related to book and the US market. As far as existing literature, it could be an exclusive feature of Amazon. Our analysis widens the scope of the long tail by using comprehensive data by from a unique dataset on the leader of the Spanish DVD online market. The data represent more than five years of transactions and allows estimating the existence of the long tail not only for the total sales of the company but also on 7 large general categories, increasing the richness of the data. We estimate the shape of the distribution and simulate the behavior of the sales over the entire catalogue to construct a demand curve that allows us to show the different behavior on the categories. The results show the existence of Long Tail and other several other observations that were overlooked or impossible to obtain in previous research.

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Keywords: Long Tail, Niche, Position

JEL Classification: M21, M30, L11

Suggested Citation

de Haro, Guillermo and Sainz, Jorge and Somalo, Ignacio, Is One Long Tail Enough? (Cuando Una Long Tail No Es Suficiente). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1134493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1134493

Guillermo De Haro

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos ( email )

Calle Tulipán, s/n
Madrid, Móstoles 28230
Spain

Jorge Sainz (Contact Author)

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

Mostoles - Madrid, E-28933
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.economiaaplicada.com

Ignacio Somalo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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