Collective brands

Arthur Fishman*, Israel Finkelstein, Avi Simhon, Nira Yacouel

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We analyze the effect of a shared brand name, such as geographically designated agricultural brands, on incentives of otherwise autonomous firms of the same type to establish a collective reputation for product quality. When firms of the same type share the same brand name, consumers have more observations of past quality and are able to predict quality with greater precision than if brands are private. This effect increases firms’ incentive to invest in quality. On the other hand, a shared brand name may motivate free riding on the group's reputation, reducing incentives to invest. We identify conditions under which the former effect is dominant and leads to higher quality than stand alone firms can achieve.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)316-339
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Organization
StatePublished - Jul 2018

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  • Collective brands
  • Investment in quality
  • Reputation for quality


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