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Competition In Product Design: An Experiment Exploring Innovation Behavior

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  • Uwe Cantner
  • Werner Güth
  • Andreas Nicklisch
  • Torsten Weiland

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We experimentally investigate competition for innovations in a patent race scenario. Pairs of subjects compete as seller firms on a duopoly market, investing in risky search. Successful innovations resulting thereof are rewarded via temporary monopoly rents. Classifying investor types reveals that most of them invest according to objective investment criteria, such as probability of search success and cash flow, as well as to non-pecuniary criteria, such as intensity of competition and relative performance. For a minority, however, no such correlation is ascertained. Copyright � 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation � 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 60 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 724-752

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  1. Christoph Engel & Marco Kleine, 2013. "Who is Afraid of Pirates? An Experiment on the Deterrence of Innovation by Imitation," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2013_07, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, revised Nov 2013.
  2. Anna Gardocka-Jałowiec, 2011. "Neuroeconomic Conditioning of the Influence of a Market Demand of Consumers on an Innovative Character of Polish Companies," Contemporary Economics, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, vol. 5(1), March.
  3. Werner Güth & Kirsten Häger & Oliver Kirchkamp & Joachim Schwalbach, 2010. "Testing Forbearance Experimentally - Duopolistic Competition of Conglomerate Firms," Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-043, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  4. Mathias Erlei & Anne-Kathrin Dimmig, 2012. "Quasi-Rational R&D Behavior in an Environment with Fundamental Uncertainty," TUC Working Papers in Economics 0008, Abteilung für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Technische Universität Clausthal (Department of Economics, Technical University Clausthal).

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