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Licensing and the Incentive for Innovation

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  • Arijit Mukherjee

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    (Department of Economics, Keele University, Keele,)

  • Soma Mukherjee

    (Department of Economics, Keele University, Keele,)

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Previous literature has mostly considered R&D and licensing activities separately. In this paper we examine the effect of licensing on R&D and social welfare.We show that the effect of licensing on the incentive for doing R&D is ambiguous and depends on the costs of doing R&D. We also show that the possibility of licensing can change the identity of the innovating firm. However, we find that social welfare is nondecreasing in presence of licensing.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2002/17.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2002/17

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  1. Chang, Ray-Yun & Hwang, Hong & Peng, Cheng-Hau, 2013. "Technology licensing, R&D and welfare," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(2), pages 396-399.

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