Early Adopters of New Supermarket Products

Brian Adams and Hyunchul Kim

Abstract

New goods and expanding product variety are thought to provide enormous welfare gains. New products can infuence the pricing of competing products, but often the most important way that new products improve the welfare is through their direct consumption value. The demographic profle of the buyers of new goods suggests those welfare gains are unequally distributed. For supermarket products in the US, expenditures on new goods are disproportionately concentrated among high earners and younger consumers.