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Product Innovation and Stability of Collusion

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  • Sougata Poddar

    () (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

  • Bibhas Saha

    () (University of East Anglia)

Abstract

We study the nature of market competition in relation to stability of collusion in the infinitely repeated play of a two-stage game of product innovation and market competition, and show that cooperation in giving R&D efforts is more easily sustained when firms compete in quantity than in price.

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  • Sougata Poddar & Bibhas Saha, 2010. "Product Innovation and Stability of Collusion," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 1392-1400.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00514
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    1. Deneckere, R., 1983. "Duopoly supergames with product differentiation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 11(1-2), pages 37-42.
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    Keywords

    R&D Effort; Product differentiation; Collusion;

    JEL classification:

    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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