- A new multivariate product growth model
- UvA-Econometrics Discussion Paper
- Number of pages
- University of Amsterdam
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
To examine cross-country diffusion new products, marketing researchers have to rely
on a multivariate product growth model. We put forward such a model, and show that
it is a natural extension of the original Bass (1969) model. We contrast our model with
currently in use multivariate models and we show that inference is much easier and inter-
pretation is straightforward. Especially if the number of countries is larger than two. In
fact, parameter estimation can be done using standard commercially available software.
We illustrate the beneffits our model relative to other models in simulation experiments.
These experiments show that in the competing models the cross-country effects are actu-
ally very difficult o identify from the data. An application to a three-country CD sales
series shows the merits of our model in practice.
Keywords: Diffusion, international marketing, econometric models
JEL: M31, C33
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