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Do Thick Venture Capital Markets Foster Innovation$\_?$ A Strategic Analysis

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  • Luca Colombo

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    (Instituto di Economia e Finanza Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

  • Herbert Dawid

    (Bielefeld University)

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In this paper we examine how far the availability of venture capital influences the speed of technological progress in an industrial agglomeration. We consider a model where R\&D efforts of an incumbent firm generates technological know-how embodied in key R\&D employees, who might use this know-how to found a spinoff of the incumbent. Venture capital is needed to finance a spinoff, and therefore the expected profits from founding a spinoff depend on how easily venture capital can be acquired. Accordingly, thick venture capital markets might have two opposing effects. First, incentives of firms to invest in R\&D might be reduced and, second, the generation of spinoff firms, which leads to the diffusion and duplication of know-how, might be fostered. The trade-off between these two effects is first studied in the framework of a static game-theoretic analysis and then in a dynamic agent-based simulation model.

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 with number 216.

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Date of creation: 04 Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:216

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Keywords: Venture Capital; Technological Progress; R&D efforts; Spinoffs;

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  1. Luca Colombo & Herbert Dawid & Kordian Kabus, 2012. "When do thick venture capital markets foster innovation? An evolutionary analysis," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 79-108, January.
  2. Maria Flavia Ambrosanio & Massimo Bordignon & Floriana Cerniglia, 2008. "Constitutional reforms, fiscal decentralization and regional fiscal flows in Italy," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza ief0084, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).

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