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R&D versus output subsidies in mixed markets

  • Kesavayuth, Dusanee
  • Zikos, Vasileios

We analyse the relative welfare effects of an R&D and an output subsidy in a mixed duopoly. We show that an R&D subsidy is beneficial for society as a whole, and socially superior to an output subsidy, when spillovers are sufficiently high. Otherwise, an output subsidy is socially superior.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 293-296

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:2:p:293-296
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