Choosing a Licensee from Heterogeneous Rivals
AbstractWe examine a firm that can license its production technology to a rival when firms are heterogeneous in production costs. We show that a complete technology transfer from one firm to another always increases joint profit under weakly concave demand when at least three firms remain in the industry. A jointly profitable transfer may reduce social welfare, although a jointly profitable transfer from the most efficient firm always increases welfare. We also consider two auction games under complete information: a standard first-price auction and a menu auction by Bernheim and Whinston (1986). With natural refinement of equilibria, we show that the resulting licensees are ordered by degree of efficiency: menu auction, simple auction, and joint-profit maximizing licensees, in (weakly) descending order.
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Date of creation: 30 Sep 2011
Date of revision: 06 Apr 2013
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licensing; production costs; technology transfer; auction games;
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- NEP-ALL-2011-10-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-COM-2011-10-15 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-GTH-2011-10-15 (Game Theory)
- NEP-IPR-2011-10-15 (Intellectual Property Rights)
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