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Does society prefer small innovation?

  • Mukherjee, Arijit

In this paper we show how the size of innovation can affect the incentive for cooperative R&D and social welfare. When cost difference between large and small innovations is not sufficiently large then social welfare can be more under small innovation compared to large innovation. However, the innovating firm always prefers large innovation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 78 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 301-307

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