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Excise taxes and commodity promotion bayesian retrieval of the optimum

Holloway, G. (2000) Excise taxes and commodity promotion bayesian retrieval of the optimum. Journal of Agribusiness, 18 (2). pp. 135-154. ISSN 0738-8950

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Abstract/Summary

This article shows how the solution to the promotion problem—the problem of locating the optimal level of advertising in a downstream market—can be derived simply, empirically, and robustly through the application of some simple calculus and Bayesian econometrics. We derive the complete distribution of the level of promotion that maximizes producer surplus and generate recommendations about patterns as well as levels of expenditure that increase net returns. The theory and methods are applied to quarterly series (1978:2S1988:4) on red meats promotion by the Australian Meat and Live-Stock Corporation. A slightly different pattern of expenditure would have profited lamb producers

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:30697
Publisher:The Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia

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