Using Duplication of Purchase Analysis to Reveal Brand Sub-Markets: The Case of OTC Pain Relief Tablets
7 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2017 Last revised: 14 Jun 2019
Date Written: September 30, 2017
This study analyzes the extent to which the top 8 brands in the US OTC pain relief tablet market share their buyers with each other. The study uses the Duplication of Purchase Analysis method. It shows that brands in this market overall follow the Duplication of Purchase Law, namely that each brand shares its buyers with other brands in-line with how big those other brands are. Furthermore, several ‘partitions’ are identified: Aspirin brands share buyers more with each other than expected, so do Ibuprofen brands but to a lesser extent.
Keywords: Brand buying, Duplication of Purchase, Partitions, Brand-switching, OTC Drugs
JEL Classification: M31
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