Can R&D alliances facilitate the formation of a cartel? The example of the European IT industry
AbstractFirms may coordinate their R&D decisions by a merger or an R&D alliance. The European Union stimulates R&D alliances. It expects that these stimulate R&D investments, and guarantee that the cooperating firms compete in the product market. The alliances may, however, stimulate firms to collude in the product market. Alliances then point to emerging cartels. The paper explores the conditions where this fear holds.
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