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A Market Experiment on Trade Promotion Budget and Allocation

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  • Gomez, Miguel I.
  • Rao, Vithala R.
  • Yuan, Hong
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    We design a market experiment to examine how firm size and ability to choose trade promotion types influence trade promotion budget, its allocation and channel profits. Our experimental results show that larger manufacturers offer smaller trade promotion budgets. Manufacturers with ability to influence the allocation decision favor scan-backs while retailers favor off-invoices. Trade promotion decisions affect profit sharing within the channel but not total channel profit. We validate these findings with an econometric analysis of survey data from supermarket executives. Overall, our results suggest that market experiments can shed light on trade promotion outcomes for which industry data are sparse.

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    Paper provided by Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management in its series Working Papers with number 55928.

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    Date of creation: 16 Sep 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:cudawp:55928

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    Keywords: trade promotion; market experiments; Marketing;

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