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The Mechanism behind Product Differentiation An Economic Model

Taiji Harashima

Journal of Advanced Research in Management, 2017, vol. 8, issue 2, 95-111

Abstract: The strategy of product differentiation has been viewed as very important in the field of business administration but it has not necessarily been viewed as an important source of large differences in firms profits in the field of economics In this paper this apparent contradiction is examined based on the concepts of ranking preference and value In the proposed model if a product s implicit rank is higher households will purchase the product far more often than competing products even if their qualities are almost identical and the tastes of households are uniformly distributed Even a slight difference in quality can result in a clear difference in implicit ranks and consequently large differences in firms profits Therefore the effects of differentiation are amplified by ranking preference and product differentiation efforts are truly very important for firms

Date: 2017
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