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Observation, Flexibilité et Structures Technologiques des Industries

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  • Marcel Boyer

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  • Armel Jacques
  • Michel Moreaux

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We study the links between observability and flexible technological choices in a duopolistic market. We show that, in large markets, the strategic value of flexibility is positive and observability of technological choices promotes the adoption of more flexible technologies whereas in small markets, the strategic value of flexibility is negative and observability decreases the level of flexibility chosen by firms. On étudie l'impact des conditions d'observation sur les choix de flexibilité technologique dans un duopole. Si le marché est de taille importante, la valeur stratégique de la flexibilité est positive et l'observation des choix technologiques favorise l'adoption de technologies flexibles alors que si le marché est de taille plus faible, la valeur stratégique de la flexibilité est négative et l'observation amène les firmes à choisir des technologies moins flexibles.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2002s-12.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2002s-12

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Keywords: Flexibility; Observation; Duopoly; Flexibilité; observation; duopole;

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  1. Kyle Bagwell, 1992. "Commitment and Observability in Games," Discussion Papers, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science 1014, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
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  3. George Stigler, 1939. "Production and Distribution in the Short Run," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 47, pages 305.
  4. Marcel Boyer & Michel Moreaux, 1997. "Capacity Commitment versus Flexibility," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 6(1), pages 347-376, 06.
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  7. Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 2001. "Bankruptcy Cost, Financial Structure and Technological Flexibility Choices," CIRANO Working Papers, CIRANO 2001s-27, CIRANO.
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  1. Maria Jose Gil-Molto & Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, 2006. "Flexible vs Dedicated Technology Adoption in the Presence of a Public Firm," Discussion Paper Series 2006_1, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Jan 2006.

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