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Analyzing moviegoing demand: an individual-level cross-sectional approach


  • Alan Collins

    (Department of Economics, University of Portsmouth Business School, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE, UK)

  • Chris Hand

    (School of Marketing, Faculty of Business, Kingston University, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB, UK)


Previous work analyzing the demand for movie theater visits have had to rely entirely on highly aggregate time series data. Inevitably, this masks the significance of individual-specific effects that place constraints on such trip making. Further, while there have been cross-sectional revenue model estimates at the film-level, there have not been, hitherto, any cross-sectional studies of moviegoing by individuals. This study thus presents the first detailed microeconometric analysis of the factors that increase or lower the probability that an individual will go to a movie theater. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Alan Collins & Chris Hand, 2005. "Analyzing moviegoing demand: an individual-level cross-sectional approach," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(5), pages 319-330.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:26:y:2005:i:5:p:319-330 DOI: 10.1002/mde.1231

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    3. Mark Fox & Grant Black, 2011. "The Rise and Decline of Drive-in Cinemas in the United States," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Leisure, chapter 14 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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