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Spillovers and Absorptive Capacity in a Patent Race

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  • HALMENSCHLAGER C.

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This paper explores the impacts of absorptive capacity on the behavior of innovating firms competing in a dynamic patent race. We introduce spillovers and absorptive capacities in the Fudenberg, Gilbert, Stiglitz and Tirole patent race with memory. First, we show that incorporating absorptive capacity has different effects according as the firm leads or follows in the race. While the leader is getting soft, the follower revives, allowing him to possibly catch up with the leader. Second, we find that spillovers with absorptive capacities tend to increase the pace of innovation, a somewhat paradoxical outcome. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester, 2006.

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Paper provided by ERMES, University Paris 2 in its series Working Papers ERMES with number 0409.

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  1. Jan Van Hove, 2008. "The Impact of R&D Spillovers on Export Value: Does the Transmission Channel matter?," Working Papers 2008.3, International Network for Economic Research - INFER.
  2. Wang, Jue & Liu, Xiaming & Wei, Yingqi & Wang, Chengang, 2014. "Cultural Proximity and Local Firms’ catch up with Multinational Enterprises," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 1-13.
  3. Slivko, Olga & Theilen, Bernd, 2011. "Innovation or Imitation? The effect of spillovers and competitive pressure on firms' R&D strategy choice," Working Papers 2072/179618, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  4. Horst Feldmann, 2013. "Technological unemployment in industrial countries," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 23(5), pages 1099-1126, November.

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