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Persuasive Silence

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  • Toru Suzuki

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

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In the market where inattentive buyers can fail to notice some feasible choices, the key role of marketing is to make buyers aware of products. However, the eective marketing strategy is often subtle since marketing tactics can make buyers cautious. This paper provides a framework to analyze an eective marketing strategy to persuade an inattentive buyer in an adverse selection environment. We investigate how an attention-grabbing marketing can "backfire" and when it can be eective.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2012-014.

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Date of creation: 04 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2012-014

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Keywords: Signaling game; Consideration set; Counter signaling; Limited attention; Marketing; Advertising;

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