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Time-to-market in vertically differentiated industries

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  • Emanuele Bacchiega
  • Jean J. Gabszewicz
  • Ornella Tarola

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We study the introduction of new products in a vertically differentiated industry. Innovative firms have to engage into reducing time-to-market investments in order to shorten the time interval between innovation and sales. Still, these investments generate irreversible costs which have to be put in balance with profits accruing to the firm when starting its sales earlier than otherwise. We characterize the optimal investment policies under various assumptions concerning the market structure.
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  • Emanuele Bacchiega & Jean J. Gabszewicz & Ornella Tarola, 2007. "Time-to-market in vertically differentiated industries," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 3(4), pages 279-295.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ijethy:v:3:y:2007:i:4:p:279-295
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    1. Takashi Komatsubara, 2008. "Equilibrium Selection In The Yano Model Of Price Leadership," Pacific Economic Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(5), pages 649-655, December.
    2. Makoto Yano, 2009. "The Foundation Of Market Quality Economics," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 60(1), pages 1-32.

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    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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