Thursday, September 19, 2019
Oliver März, NERA Economic Consulting examines Competitive Persuasive Advertising Under Consumer Loss Aversion.
ABSTRACT: I present a model to describe the effects of persuasive advertising targeted at consumers with expectation-based reference-dependent preferences. Persuasive advertising is competitive and increases the salience of advertised products while decreasing the salience of competing products. Consumers’ gain-loss utility associated with the expectation to buy the most salient product is inflated, while gain-loss utility associated with the expectation to buy the least salient product is deflated. I show that under moderate levels of loss aversion and product differentiation persuasive advertising has strictly anti-competitive effects, whenever consumers are aware of prices but uncertain about their individual match value from a purchase.