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  • Sanjeev Goyal

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Jose Luis Moraga

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    (Groningen University)

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We develop a model of strategic networks that captures two distinctive features of interfirm collaboration: bilateral agreements and nonexclusive relationships. Our analysis highlights the relationship between market competition, firms' incentives to invest in R&D, and the architecture of collaboration networks. In the absence of firm rivalry, the complete network, where each firm collaborates with all others, is uniquely stable, industry-profit maximizing, and efficient. By contrast, under strong market rivalry the complete network is stable, but intermediate levels of collaboration and asymmetric networks are more attractive from a collective viewpoint. This suggests that competing firms may have excessive incentives to form collaborative links. This discussion paper has resulted in a publication in The Rand Journal of Economics , 2001, 32(4), 686-707.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 00-075/1.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20000075

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Keywords: strategic alliances; networks; research and development;

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