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Advertising on TV: Under- or Overprovision?

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  • Kind, Hans Jarle

    () (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Nilssen, Tore

    () (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Sørgard, Lars

    () (Norwegian Competition Authority)

Abstract

We consider a model where TV channels transmit advertising, and viewers dislike such commercials. We find that the less differentiated the TV channels’ programs are, the lower is the amount of advertising in equilibrium. Relative to the social optimum, there is underprovision of advertising if TV channels are sufficiently close substitutes. In such a situation, a merger between TV channels may lead to more advertising and thus improve welfare. A publicly owned TV channel can partly correct market distortions, in some cases by having a larger amount of advertising than a private TV channel. It may actually have advertising even in cases where it is wasteful per se

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  • Kind, Hans Jarle & Nilssen, Tore & Sørgard, Lars, 2005. "Advertising on TV: Under- or Overprovision?," Memorandum 15/2005, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Richard Schmidtke, 2006. "Two–Sided Markets with Pecuniary and Participation Externalities," Working Papers 003, Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE).
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    6. Hans Jarle Kind & Tore Nilssen & Lars Sørgard, 2005. "Financing of Media Firms: Does Competition Matter?," CIE Discussion Papers 2005-08, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics.
    7. Richard Schmidtke, 2006. "Two-Sided Markets with Pecuniary and Participation Externalities," CESifo Working Paper Series 1776, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    Television industry; Advertising; Public policy; Mixed oligopoly;

    JEL classification:

    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • M37 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Advertising

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