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Learning by Doing and Spillovers: Further Evidence for the Semiconductor Industry

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  • Harald Gruber
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    Learning spillovers in the production of EPROMs are investigated. It turns out that spillovers are significant, even though internal learning is the predominant source of learning. Concerning external learning, it does not appear to particularly matter whether this comes from domestic rivals or foreign companies. There is some indication that Japanese companies have a steeper learning curve and with some generations are better able to appropriate external learning from foreigners. Intergenerational learning is pervasive, which seems to provide competitive advantages to first movers. It could explain the persistence of leadership of Intel in this industry across a series of generations. Moreover, it could deliver scope for policy intervention.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

    Volume (Year): 13 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 697-711

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:13:y:1998:i:6:p:697-711

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    1. Beate Grundig & Christian Leßmann & Anna Sophie Müller & Joachim Ragnitz & Michael Reinhard & Beate Schirwitz & Heinz Schmalholz & Marcel Thum, 2008. "Rechtfertigung von Ansiedlungssubventionen am Beispiel der Halbleiterindustrie : Gutachten im Auftrag der Sächsischen Staatskanzlei," ifo Dresden Studien, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 45.
    2. Matthias Kalkuhl & Ottmar Edenhofer & Kai Lessmann, 2011. "Learning or Lock-in: Optimal Technology Policies to Support Mitigation," CESifo Working Paper Series 3422, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Liu, Wen-Hsien & Chyi, Yih-Luan, 2006. "A Markov regime-switching model for the semiconductor industry cycles," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 569-578, July.
    4. Tracy R. Lewis & Huseyin Yildirim, 2002. "Managing Dynamic Competition," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(4), pages 779-797, September.
    5. Ohashi, Hiroshi, 2005. "Learning by doing, export subsidies, and industry growth: Japanese steel in the 1950s and 1960s," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 297-323, July.

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