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Friday, January 15, 2021

Economic impact of category captaincy: an examination of assortments and prices

Economic impact of category captaincy: an examination of assortments and prices

By:

Viswanathan, Madhu; Narasimhan, Om; John, George

Abstract:

We empirically investigate the impact of category captaincy, an arrangement where the retailer works exclusively with a manufacturer to manage both the manufacturer’s and his rivals’ products. Using a unique data set that contains information on category captaincy as well as SKU-store-level sales and price across 24 retail chains and eight local markets in the United States for a frozen food category, we quantify the impact of captaincy on prices, assortments, profits, and consumer welfare. Interestingly, our estimates suggest that captaincy can lead to welfare gains for consumers, which argues against a purely negative view of captaincy by policy makers.

URL:

http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ehl:lserod:107034&r=com

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2021/01/economic-impact-of-category-captaincy-an-examination-of-assortments-and-prices.html

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