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Empirical Analysis of Competitive Product Line Pricing Decisions: Lead, Follow, or Move Together?

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  • Kadiyali, Vrinda
  • Vilcassim, Naufel J
  • Chintagunta, Pradeep K

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Researchers have recently developed models for determining which market conduct best describes observed data. The authors apply these techniques from the 'new empirical industrial organization' literature to the competitive product line pricing decision, where a firm strategically prices its brands when determining the profit-maximizing conduct in the market. Demand, cost, and market structure are estimated endogenously. Empirical results from analyzing price competition in the laundry detergent market between Procter and Gamble selling Tide and EraPlus and Lever Brothers offering Wisk and Surf indicate that each firm positions its strong brand as a Stackelberg leader, with the rival's minor brand being the follower. Copyright 1996 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 69 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 459-87

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  2. Lichtenberg, Erik & Strand, Ivar E., Jr., 2000. "Joint Adoption Of Multiple Technologies: A Dual, Latent Demand Approach," Working Papers 28566, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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  11. Rojas, Christian, 2005. "Market Power and Price Competition in U.S. Brewing," Research Reports 149024, University of Connecticut, Food Marketing Policy Center.
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  18. Dhar, Tirtha Pratim & Cotterill, Ronald W., 2002. "Two-Stage Oligopoly Pricing With Differentiated Product: The Boston Fluid Milk Market," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19872, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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