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Learning by Doing and Competition in the Early Rayon Industry

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  • Ronald S. Jarmin

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In this article I derive a structural econometric model of learning by doing from a dynamic oligopoly game. Unlike previous empirical models, this model is capable of testing hypotheses concerning both the technological nature and strategic implications of learning. I estimate the model with firm-level data from the early U.S. rayon industry. The empirical results show that there were considerable differences across firms in both proprietary and spillover learning. The results also indicate that the two leading firms took their rival's reactions into account when choosing their strategies.

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Article provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal RAND Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 25 (1994)
Issue (Month): 3 (Autumn)
Pages: 441-454

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  1. Pillai, Unni & Cruz, Kyle, 2013. "Source of Cost Reduction in Solar Photovoltaics," MPRA Paper 46657, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Steven D. Levitt & John A. List & Chad Syverson, 2012. "Toward an Understanding of Learning by Doing: Evidence from an Automobile Assembly Plant," NBER Working Papers 18017, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Robert Mcguckin & Mary Streitwieser & Mark Doms, 1998. "The Effect Of Technology Use On Productivity Growth," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 1-26.
  4. Besanko, David & Doraszelski, Ulrich & Kryukov, Yaroslav, 2011. "The economics of predation: What drives pricing when there is learning-by-doing?," CEPR Discussion Papers 8708, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Yaroslav Kryukov & Ulrich Doraszelski & David Besanko, . "The economics of predation: What drives pricing when there is learning-by-doing?," GSIA Working Papers 2011-E30, Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business.

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