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"Innocuous" minimum quality standards

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  • Garella, Paolo G.

The present note shows that "innocuous" Minimum Quality Standards, namely below the lowest quality in a market, may have effects on equilibrium outcomes. Such a MQS reduces the incentive to invest in R&D by the quality-leading firm.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 92 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 368-374

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