Self-Preferencing at Amazon: Evidence from Search Rankings

Andrey Fradkin (Boston University)

3 octobre 2023, 14h00–15h00

Zoom meeting

Economics of Platforms Seminar


We study whether Amazon engages in self-preferencing on its marketplace by favoring its own brands (e.g., Amazon Basics) in search. To address this question, we collect new microlevel consumer search data using a custom browser extension installed by a panel of study participants. Using this methodology, we observe search positions, search behavior, and product characteristics. We find that Amazon branded products are indeed ranked higher than observably similar products in consumer search results. The prominence given to Amazon brands is 30% to 60% of the prominence granted to sponsored products.

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