On the Simple Economics of Advertising, Marketing, and Product Design.
We propose a framework for analyzing transformations of demand. Such transformations frequently stem from changes in the dispersion of consumers’ valuations, which lead to rotations of the demand curve. In a wide variety of settings, profits are a U-shaped function of dispersion. A high level of dispersion is complemented by a niche posture, and low dispersion is complemented by a mass-market posture. We investigate numerous applications of our framework, including product design; advertising...Expand abstract
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