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Dynamic Firm R&D Games: Manufacturing Costs and Reliability Paths

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  • Jannett Highfill

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    (Department of Economics, Bradley University, USA)

  • Michael McAsey

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    (Department of Mathematics, Bradley University, USA)

Abstract

Consider a dynamic intra-industry trade model with two goods, two firms, and two countries in which product ¡°reliability¡± is determined by R&D paths. This paper focuses on how a change in competitive conditions in terms of manufacturing costs affects the firms¡¯ decision about optimal reliability. Briefly, the main result of the paper is that when the manufacturing costs are similar and closely track each other, a lower manufacturing cost prompts both firms to increase their R&D and product reliability. But when the manufacturing costs are not similar, either before or after the change, the results are quite different. A profit maximizing firm will sometimes take advantage of a reduction in its own manufacturing cost by actually doing less R&D¡ªand thus producing a less reliable product.

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Article provided by Better Advances Press, Canada in its journal Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 3 (2013)
Issue (Month): (February)
Pages: 1-14

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Handle: RePEc:bap:journl:130101

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