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Process And Product Innovation In A Vertically Differentiated Industry

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  • EMANUELE BACCHIEGA

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Piazza Scaravilli 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy)

  • LUCA LAMBERTINI

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Strada Maggiore 45, 40125 Bologna, Italy)

  • ANDREA MANTOVAINI

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Strada Maggiore 45, 40125 Bologna, Italy)

Abstract

We examine a vertically differentiated duopoly where firms invest in process and product innovation and then compete in prices under full market coverage. We show that (i) process innovation fosters (hinders) product innovation for the low-quality (high-quality) firm; (ii) the firm which is initially more efficient invests more than the rival in process innovation; (iii) if the initial differential between marginal costs is sufficiently high, the demand for the less efficient firm is nil and the duopoly equilibrium does not exist.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Game Theory Review.

Volume (Year): 13 (2011)
Issue (Month): 02 ()
Pages: 209-221

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:igtrxx:v:13:y:2011:i:02:p:209-221

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Keywords: Vertical differentiation; quality; R&D; L13; O31;

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  1. Andrea Mantovani, 2006. "Complementarity between product and process innovation in a monopoly setting," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 219-234.

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