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The Allocation of Resources to Cooperative and Noncooperative R&D

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  • Gamal Atallah

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    (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

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The precompetitive R&D literature has viewed cooperative and noncooperative R&D as substitutes. In this paper a more realistic approach is taken, where both cooperative and noncooperative R&D are performed in parallel. In the first stage firms determine the optimal investments in both types of R&D, and in the second stage they compete in output. It is found that information sharing between cooperating firms contributes not only to cooperative R&D, but also to noncooperative R&D. The two types of R&D reinforce each other. The level of cooperative R&D may be higher or lower than noncooperative R&D. In a Cournot duopoly, the share of cooperative R&D lies between 20% and 80% of total R&D, and this share increases with spillovers and information sharing. It is always optimal to subsidize half the costs of cooperative R&D, while the subsidy to noncooperative R&D is unchanged form the standard model. Consumers prefer intermediate levels of spillovers and information sharing, while firms prefer higher levels of spillovers, which entail lower levels of information sharing.

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Paper provided by University of Ottawa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0403E.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0403e

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Keywords: R&D; Cooperative R&D; Innovation; R&D subsidies; R&D policy; Spillovers; Information sharing;

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  1. M. Bourreau & P. Dogan, . "Cooperation in Product Development and Process R&D Between Competitors," Working Paper 33645, Harvard University OpenScholar.

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