Waves of Creative Destruction: Firm-Specific Learning-by-Doing and the Dynamics of Innovation
AbstractThis paper develops a model of repeated innovation with knowledge spillovers. The model's novel feature is that firms compete on two dimensions: (1) product quality, where one firm's innovation ultimately spills over to other firms, and (2) distribution costs, where there are no spillovers across firms and where learning-by-doing on the part of incumbent firms gives them a competitive advantage over would-be entrants. Such firm-specific learning-by-doing has two important consequences: (1) it can in some circumstances dramatically reduce the long-run average level of innovation and (2) it leads to endogenous bunching, or waves, in innovative activity. Copyright 1997 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.
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