Consumers Preferences over Retail Channels, Evidence from Emergency Contraceptives

Loaeza-Albino (2023)

Abstract

I study the preferences of consumers over different retail channels (drug stores, mass merchandiser, or grocery stores) for purchasing over-the-counter emergency contraceptives (EC). Using monthly EC sales in Texas from 2017 to 2019, I estimate consumer preferences using a BLP discrete choice model. My results show that consumers are sensitive to prices, and that they exhibit preferences for specific retail channels but not for branded vs generic products. To address recent policy debates, I conduct counterfactual simulations banning the sale of EC from grocery or mass merchandiser stores. I find that this would result in 5-8% increase in the number of consumers who do not buy EC.

Eva Loaeza Albino
Eva Loaeza Albino
PhD in Economics

My research interests include health economics, applied microeconomics and empirical industrial organization.