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Modeling Joint Purchases with a Multivariate MNL Approach


  • Yasemin Boztuğ
  • Lutz Hildebrandt


Our research examines the hypothesis that products chosen on a shopping trip to a supermarket indicate the preference interdependencies of consumers between different products or brands. The bundle chosen on the trip can be regarded as an indicator of a global utility function. This function implies a cross-category dependence of brand choice behavior. We hypothesize that the global utility function related to a product bundle is the result of the marketing-mix of the underlying brands. The structure of the chosen products allows us to uncover the impact of certain marketing-mix variables and product bundle buying behavior.

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  • Yasemin Boztuğ & Lutz Hildebrandt, 2008. "Modeling Joint Purchases with a Multivariate MNL Approach," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 60(4), pages 400-422, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:60:y:2008:i:4:p:400-422

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    1. Harald Hruschka, 2017. "Analyzing the dependences of multi-category purchases on interactions of marketing variables," Journal of Business Economics, Springer, vol. 87(3), pages 295-313, April.
    2. repec:eee:touman:v:47:y:2015:i:c:p:107-114 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Hruschka, Harald, 2014. "Linking Multi-Category Purchases to Latent Activities of Shoppers: Analysing Market Baskets by Topic Models," University of Regensburg Working Papers in Business, Economics and Management Information Systems 482, University of Regensburg, Department of Economics.
    4. Katrin Dippold & Harald Hruschka, 2013. "Variable selection for market basket analysis," Computational Statistics, Springer, vol. 28(2), pages 519-539, April.
    5. Harald Hruschka, 2017. "Multi-category purchase incidences with marketing cross effects," Review of Managerial Science, Springer, vol. 11(2), pages 443-469, March.
    6. Dippold, Katrin & Hruschka, Harald, 2010. "Variable Selection for Market Basket Analysis," University of Regensburg Working Papers in Business, Economics and Management Information Systems 443, University of Regensburg, Department of Economics.

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    Choice Model; Market Basket Analysis; Spatial Statistics; Theorem of Besag;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing


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