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Innovation of Network Goods: A Non-Innovating Firm Will Gain

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  • Amihai Glazer
  • Vesa Kanniainen
  • Mikko Mustonen

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We consider duopolists innovating and producing a good subject to network externalities, so that the reservation price of a consumer increases with aggregate consumption. The post-innovation network consists of two compatible sub-networks, with increased network valuation of the new product. When the non-innovating firm enjoys a larger profit than when neither firm innovates, free-riding on the winner’s network as a public good arises. With such a network spillover, duopolists may underinvest in innovation.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 692.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_692

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Keywords: network goods; free riding; innovation; telecommunications;

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  1. Lukach, R. & Plasmans, J.E.J., 2002. "Measuring Knowledge Spillovers using Patent Citations: Evidence from the Belgian Firm's Data," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-92281, Tilburg University.

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