Price Advertising by Manufacturers and Dealers
Forthcoming, Management Science
40 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2011 Last revised: 29 Aug 2014
Date Written: March 28, 2014
The central prediction of the current paper is that manufacturer price advertising may be a less effective tool for influencing demand than retailer price advertising. We manipulate the source of a price advertisement in an experiment run on a sample of pick-up truck owners. Manufacturer price advertising leads to lower indicators of potential demand than dealer price advertising, even among consumers who are experienced with the brand. An econometric analysis of pick-up truck sales, price and advertising data shows that this effect is large enough to detect in market data. Manufacturer and dealer price advertising both increase the demand intercept and the responsiveness of demand to price, but the effects of dealer price advertising are larger. Although dealer price advertising is more effective than manufacturer price advertising, manufacturer price advertising may still be useful to reduce channel conflict.
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Keywords: Advertising, Automobiles, Channels, Choice Modeling, Demand Estimation, Experiment
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