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STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars

Estimating the Effects of Banning Advertising on Demand and Firms' Pricing

Pierre Dubois (Toulouse), joint with Rachel Griffith and Martin O'Connell

Monday 11 November 2013 12:30 - 14:00

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

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About this event

There is considerable interest in the effectiveness of regulation as a means of reducing consumption of specific foods, in particular those that are of low nutritional quality. In both the US and the UK there are currently restrictions on the advertising of junk food, such as crisps (potato chips), confectionery and biscuits, in particular to children. The impact of such a policy will depend on how brand advertising influences consumer demand and on the pricing response of oligopolistic firms. We use transaction level purchase data and detailed advertising data on the UK crisps market to estimate a structural model with dynamic demand and supply. We simulate the impact of a ban on advertising, allowing for strategic pricing response of firms operating in the market. We find that such a ban would allow decrease crisps consumption and improve welfare.

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This event will take place in 32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH. The building is labelled on the map.

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