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The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

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  • S. Rosenkranz

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Based on arguments of the `reference- dependent' theory of consumer choice we assume that a retailer's discount of a manufacturer's suggested retail price changes consumers' demand. We can show that the producer benefits from suggesting a retail price. If consumers are additionally sufficiently `loss averse', e.g. consumers' disappointment from higher than suggested retail prices is sufficiently high, the producer can force the retailer to take the suggested price in equilibrium and thus capture some of the retailer's profits. A producer always benefits from investing into an advertising campaign with suggested retail prices.

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Paper provided by Utrecht School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 03-05.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:0305

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Keywords: manufacturer's suggested retail price; vertical product differentiation; advertising; reference dependence; loss aversion;

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  1. Sibly, Hugh, 2007. "Loss aversion, price and quality," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 771-788, October.
  2. Clemens Puppe & Stephanie Rosenkranz, 2011. "Why Suggest Nonā€Binding Retail Prices?," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 78(310), pages 317-329, 04.

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