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Second‐Mover Advantages in Dynamic Quality Competition

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  • Heidrun C. Hoppe
  • Ulrich Lehmann‐Grube

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This paper explores a dynamic model of product innovation, extending the work of Dutta, Lach, and Rustichini (1995). It is shown that if R&D costs for quality improvements are low, the dynamic competition is structured as a race for being the pioneer firm with payoff equalization in equilibrium, but switches to a waiting game with a second‐mover advantage in equilibrium if R&D costs are high. Moreover, the second‐mover advantage increases monotonically as R&D becomes more costly.

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  • Heidrun C. Hoppe & Ulrich Lehmann‐Grube, 2001. "Second‐Mover Advantages in Dynamic Quality Competition," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 10(3), pages 419-433, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:10:y:2001:i:3:p:419-433
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1430-9134.2001.00419.x
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