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Competing or Colluding in a Stochastic Environment

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  • Adriana Breccia
  • Héctor Salgado Banda
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    This document analyses collusion by innovative firms and the role of patents in a continuous-time real options framework. A patent-investment race model is formulated in which innovative firms bargain and reach collusive agreements. It is shown that, while collusion always delays innovation, it does not necessarily delay competition. Depending on a number of factors, collusion can actually accelerate competition.

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    Paper provided by Banco de México in its series Working Papers with number 2005-04.

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    Date of creation: Jul 2005
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    Keywords: Bargaining; Collusion; Competition; Geometric Brownian motion; Nash axiomatic approach; Stackelberg game;

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