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Understanding perpetual R&D races

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  • Yves Breitmoser

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  • Jonathan Tan

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  • Daniel Zizzo

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This paper presents an experimental study of dynamic indefinite horizon R&D races with uncertainty and multiple prizes. The theoretical predictions are highly sensitive: small parameter changes determine whether technological competition is sustained, or converges into a market structure with an entrenched leadership and lower aggregate R&D. The subjects’ strategies are far less sensitive. In most treatments, the R&D races tend to converge to entrenched leadership. Investment is highest when rivals are close. This stylized fact, and so the usefulness of neck-to-neck competition in general, is largely unrelated to rivalry concerns but can be explained using a quantal response extension of Markov perfection.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 445-467

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Keywords: Markov quantal response equilibrium; Race; Experiment; C72; C91; O31;

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  2. Friedel Bolle & Jonathan H. W. Tan & Daniel John Zizzo, 2010. "Vendettas," Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) 10-04, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
    • Friedel Bolle & Jonathan H.W. Tan & Daniel John Zizzo, 2010. "Vendettas," Discussion Papers 2010-02, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.
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  3. Yves Breitmoser, 2012. "Proto-coalition bargaining and the core," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 51(3), pages 581-599, November.
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  13. Breitmoser, Yves, 2012. "Cooperation, but no reciprocity: Individual strategies in the repeated Prisoner's Dilemma," MPRA Paper 41731, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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