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A Duopoly Experiment on Cooperative and Noncooperative R&D

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  • Suetens, S.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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In this paper an experimental environment to test theoretical predictions concerning R&D behavior of firms in duopoly with allowance for R&D spillovers is created. The design and hypotheses of the experiment are based on the well-known model of d Aspremont and Jacquemin in which R&D behavior of firms either competing or cooperating in R&D, is calculated. No di.erence in behavior between di.erent spillover levels is found. Further, I find that irrespective of the technological spillover level subjects do not always commit to an R&D contract but if they commit to an R&D level in a binding contract, cooperative R&D levels are chosen. When subjects do not or cannot commit to a contract, the subgame perfect Nash equilibrium performs well in predicting R&D decisions.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2003-77.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200377

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Keywords: research and development; duopoly; competition; nash equilibrium; technological change;

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  1. Suetens, Sigrid, 2008. "Does R&D cooperation facilitate price collusion? An experiment," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 66(3-4), pages 822-836, June.

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