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Incentives to Advertise and Product Differentiation

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  • Hunnicutt, Lynn
  • Israelsen, L. Dwight

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Recent court rulings question the ability of commodity groups to fund generic promotions through mandatory check-off programs. A model examining incentives to fund brand advertisements when both brand and generic advertising exist is presented. Brand advertising expands the market by attracting new consumers to the industry, and allows the advertising firm to take customers from rivals in the industry. Homogeneous products are advertised too little relative to the amount that maximizes total industry profits, and brandable products are advertised too much. The optimal check-off rate is derived, and the Dorfman-Steiner condition is shown to be a special case of this model.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 28 (2003)
Issue (Month): 03 (December)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:31057

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Keywords: advertising; branding; check-off programs; commodity promotion; Marketing;

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  1. Todd M. Schmit & J. Carlos Reberte & Harry M. Kaiser, 1997. "An economic analysis of generic egg advertising in California, 1985-1995," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(4), pages 365-373.
  2. Henry W. Kinnucan & Yuliang Miao, 2000. "Distributional Impacts of Generic Advertising on Related Commodity Markets," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(3), pages 672-678.
  3. Chung, Chanjin & Kaiser, Harry M., 2000. "Do Farmers Get An Equal Bang For Their Buck From Generic Advertising Programs? A Theroetical And Empirical Analysis," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 25(01), July.
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  1. Suh, Daeseok & Chung, Chanjin, 2009. "Does Generic Advertising Help or Hurt Brand Advertising?," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49557, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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