The Biotechnology Sector: "Bounds" to Market Structure
AbstractThis paper examines whether it makes sense to consider Sutton's "bounds" approach as a candidate theory for explaining the recent evolution of market structure in the biotechnology sector, and to speculate whether market structure will change if the industry begins to introduce second-generation GM products that are of more direct benefit to consumers. A key result is that the market structure is bounded in the presence of endogenous sunk costs, implying care should be taken when inferring any correlation between R&D expenditure and seller concentration in the biotechnology sector.
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Biotechnology; market structure; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; L1; L11;
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