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The Timing of Product Innovation and Regulatory Delay

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  • James E. Prieger

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

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This paper endogenizes the interplay between innovation by a regulated â?¦rm and regulatory delay. In the signaling model, the â?¦rm times its innovation to communicate its private information about the MC of delay to the regulator. When product innovation costs fall over time, an extra day of regulatory delay increases time to introduction by more than a day. Successful signaling leads the regulator to adjust regulatory delay. The separating equilibrium of the signaling model generates testable predictions for how innovation and regulatory delay evolve over time. The model is consistent with data gathered from one of the Bell telecommunications â?¦rms.

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 19.

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Length: 38
Date of creation: 16 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cda:wpaper:01-9

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  1. Koski, Heli & Kretschmer, Tobias, 2002. "Entry, Standards and Competition : Firm Strategies and the Diffusion of Mobile Telephony," Discussion Papers 824, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

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