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Steiner, Winfried J. and Belitz, Christiane and Lang, Stefan (2005): Semiparametric Stepwise Regression to Estimate Sales Promotion Effects. Collaborative Research Center 386, Discussion Paper 438
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Abstract

Kalyanam and Shively (1998) and van Heerde et al. (2001) have proposed semiparametric models to estimate the influence of price promotions on brand sales, and both obtained superior performance for their models compared to strictly parametric modeling. Following these researchers, we suggest another semiparametric framework which is based on penalized B-splines to analyze sales promotion effects flexibly. Unlike these researchers, we introduce a stepwise procedure with simultaneous smoothing parameter choice for variable selection. Applying this stepwise routine enables us to deal with product categories with many competitive items without imposing restrictions on the competitive market structure in advance. We illustrate the new methodology in an empirical application using weekly store-level scanner data.