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Industry dynamics in complex product spaces: An evolutionary model

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  • Marengo, Luigi
  • Valente, Marco

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In this paper we present an evolutionary simulation model of industry dynamics with product innovation and differentiated demand in complex product industries, i.e. industries where products are made of many components, possibly belonging to different technologies, and providing a variety of services to consumers who have heterogeneous preferences. We analyze how the complexity of the product space, the strategies that firms follow to search this space either innovating or imitating, and the differentiation of consumers' preference interact to determine the structure and evolutions of the industry.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 21 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 5-16

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Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:21:y:2010:i:1:p:5-16

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Keywords: Innovation Complex products industries Industry evolution;

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Cited by:
  1. Carreira, Carlos & Teixeira, Paulino, 2011. "Entry and exit as a source of aggregate productivity growth in two alternative technological regimes," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 135-150, June.
  2. Cevikarslan, Salih, 2013. "Heterogeneity in innovation strategies, evolving consumer preferences and market structure: An evolutionary multi-agent based modelling approach," MERIT Working Papers 019, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  3. Cevikarslan, Salih, 2013. "Optimal patent length and patent breadth in an R&D driven market with evolving consumer preferences: An evolutionary multi-agent based modelling approach," MERIT Working Papers 020, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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