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Product Differentiation and Film Programming Choice: Do First-Run Movie Theatres Show the Same Films?

Darlene C. Chisholm, Margaret S. McMillan, George Norman

NBER Working Paper No. 12646
Issued in October 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to the DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies of Florida Atlantic University College of Business and Economics for providing a grant to fund this research and to Synergy Retail for compiling the data set used in this paper. For valuable comments and suggestions, we thank Bart Addis, Thomas Downes, F. Andrew Hanssen, Sanjiv Jaggia, Zaur Rzakhanov, Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver, Richard Startz, Andrew Sweeting, Chih Ming Tan, Charles Weinberg, Jeffrey Zabel, and seminar participants at the DeSantis Center Summit Workshop, the International Industrial Organization Conference, and the CORE Universite Catholique de Louvain Conference on Hotelling's Legacy and its Future. We are grateful to Vicky Huang, Anna Kumysh, and Vidisha Vachharajani for their careful research assistance and to Sorin Codreanu for his data-management programming assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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