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Marketing Seminar

Wednesday February 27, 2013

Time:

10:30AM - 12:30PM

 

Description

Tony Haitao Cui
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Notes

Fairness Ideals in Distribution Channels

Existing research suggests that concerns for fairness may significantly affect the interactions between firms in a distribution channel. We analytically and experimentally evaluate how firms make decisions in a two-stage dyadic channel, in which firms decide on investments in the first stage and then on prices in the second stage. We find that firmsĀæ behavior differs significantly from the predictions of the standard economic model and is consistent with the existence of fairness concerns. Using a Quantal Response Equilibrium (QRE) model, in which both the manufacturer and retailer make noisy best responses, we show fairness significantly impacts channel pricing decisions. Additionally, we compare four principles of distributive fairness: strict egalitarianism, liberal egalitarianism, and libertarianism, previously considered in the fairness literature, and a new principle of distributive fairnessĀ¾the sequence-aligned ideal that is studied first time in literature. Surprisingly, the new ideal, according to which the sequence of moving determines the formation of equitable payoff for players, significantly outperforms other fairness ideals.

Event URL

www.fuquaworld.duke.edu/www/fsc/poster.jsp?number=18019

Contact Name

Chulpan Khismatova

Contact Email

chulpan.khismatova@duke.edu