Title

The Newsvendor's Optimal Incentive Contracts for Multiple Advertisers

Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

7-2012

Abstract

We consider a newsvendor who earns a revenue from the sales of her product to end users as well as from multiple advertisers paying to obtain access to those end users. We study the optimal decisions of a price-taking and a price-setting newsvendor when the advertisers have private information about their willingness to pay. We focus on the impact of the number of advertisers on the newsvendor’s optimal decisions. We find that regardless of the number of advertisers, the newsvendor may exclude advertisers with a low willingness to pay and distort the price and inventory from their system-efficient levels to screen the advertisers. Moreover, the newsvendor’s decision to exclude an advertiser is based exclusively on that advertiser’s characteristics, and the newsvendor’s optimal decision thus reveals independence among the advertisers. Nonetheless, the profits of the newsvendor and the advertisers also display network effects as both increase in the number of advertisers. Finally, our numerical results show that the newsvendor prefers an equivalent single advertiser to multiple advertisers due to the pooling effect.

Keywords

newsvendor model, inventory, pricing, mechanism design, revenue management

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

European Journal of Operational Research

Volume

220

Issue

1

First Page

171

Last Page

181

ISSN

0377-2217

Identifier

10.1016/j.ejor.2012.01.021

Publisher

Elsevier