Department of Economics and Business Economics

Advertising and concentration in the brewing industry

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The opening of the markets in East Asia and Eastern Europe in the 1990s changed the structure of the beer markets and in the following years a large wave of mergers and acquisitions took place. The paper tracks the development in industry concentrations from 2002 to 2012, discusses some of the main drivers behind this development and points to economies of scale in advertising as a main pay-off from mergers and acquisitions. Using firm-level data both from the American market and the world market, the estimations verify significant economies of scale in marketing and distribution costs. Based on information from the Annual Reports of the eight largest breweries, the estimation proved a reduction in these costs of ten percent when doubling the size of the brewing groups.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year15 Aug 2013
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2013
EventBeeronomics 2013 conference - University of York, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sep 201321 Sep 2013


ConferenceBeeronomics 2013 conference
LocationUniversity of York
CountryUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Advertising, mergers and acquisitions, brewing industry

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