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The design of vertical R&D collaborations

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  • Herbst, Patrick
  • Walz, Uwe
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    Suppliers play a major role in innovation processes. We analyze ownership allocations and the choice of R&D technology in vertical R&D cooperations. Given incomplete contracts on the R&D outcome, there is a tradeoff between R&D specifically designed towards a manufacturer (increasing investment productivity) and a general technology (hold-up reduction). We find that the market solution yields the specific technology in too few cases. More intense product market competition shifts optimal ownership towards the supplier. The use of exit clauses increases the gains from the collaboration. --

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    Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2009/06.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:200906

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    Keywords: Managing Innovations; Vertical R&D; R&D Collaboration; Rent-Seeking;

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