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Timing of Technology Adoption and Product Market Competition

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  • Chrysovalantou Milliou
  • Emmanuel Petrakis

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This paper examines how product market competition affects firms’ timing of adopting a new technology as well as whether the market provides sufficient adoption incentives. It shows that adoption dates differ not only among symmetric firms but also among markets with Cournot and Bertrand competition. More specifically, Cournot competition can lead to earlier adoption than Bertrand competition. It shows also that competition toughness does not always reinforce adoption incentives. When goods are differentiated enough, adoption occurs later than it is socially optimal.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2686.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2686

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Keywords: technology adoption; innovation; diffusion; product differentiation;

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Cited by:
  1. Ben Jebli, Mehdi & Ben Youssef, Slim, 2012. "Timing of adoption of clean technologies, transboundary pollution and international trade," MPRA Paper 42467, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Michael Funke & Marc Gronwald, 2009. "A Convex Hull Approach to Counterfactual Analysis of Trade Openness and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 2692, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. A. Mahati & Rupayan Pal, 2013. "Competition, strategic delegation and delay in technology adoption," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2013-016, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  4. Maria Alipranti & Emmanuel Petrakis, 2012. "The speed of technological adoption under price competition: two-tier vs. one-tier industries," Working Papers 1307, University of Crete, Department of Economics, revised 08 May 2013.

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