Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Publisher’s Version

Publication Date

8-2010

Abstract

We consider non-price advertising by retail firms that are privately informed as to their respective production costs. We construct an advertising equilibrium, in which informed consumers use an advertising search rule whereby they buy from the highest-advertising firm. Consumers are rational in using the advertising search rule, since the lowest-cost firm advertises the most and also selects the lowest price. Even though the advertising equilibrium facilitates productive efficiency, we establish conditions under which firms enjoy higher expected profit when advertising is banned. Consumer welfare falls in this case, however. Under free entry, social surplus is higher when advertising is allowed. In addition, we consider a benchmark model of price competition; we provide comparative-statics results with respect to the number of informed consumers, the number of firms and the distribution of costs; and we consider the possibility of sequential search.

Discipline

Advertising and Promotion Management | Econometrics | Industrial Organization

Research Areas

Econometrics

Publication

B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy

Volume

10

Issue

1

ISSN

1935-1682

Identifier

10.2202/1935-1682.2038

Publisher

DeGruyter

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.2038

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