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Product differentiation and firm size distribution: an application to carbonated soft drinks

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  • Walsh, Patrick Paul
  • Whelan, Ciara

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Using brand-level retail data, the firm size distribution in carbonated soft drinks is shown to be an outcome of the degree to which firms have placed brands effectively (store coverage) across vertical (flavour, packaging, diet attributes) segments of the market. Regularity of the firm size distribution is not disturbed by the nature of short-run brand competition (turbulence in brand market share) within segments. Remarkably, product differentiation resulting from firms acquiring various portfolios of product attributes and stores in market evolution determines the limiting firm size distribution.

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  • Walsh, Patrick Paul & Whelan, Ciara, 2002. "Product differentiation and firm size distribution: an application to carbonated soft drinks," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 6745, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    Keywords

    Firm size distribution; product differentiation; carbonated soft drinks;

    JEL classification:

    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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