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Mixed oligopoly, cost-reducing research and development, and privatisation

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  • Gil-Moltó, Maria José
  • Poyago-Theotoky, Joanna
  • Rodrigues-Neto, José A.
  • Zikos, Vasileios

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We develop a mixed oligopoly model to examine the role of R&D subsidies and evaluate the welfare effects of privatisation. In solving the oligopoly model we propose a novel use of aggregative games techniques. Our analysis reveals that privatisation reduces the optimal R&D subsidy. Furthermore, privatisation improves social welfare but only when the number of firms is sufficiently large. Implementing solely a subsidy to R&D does not lead to a ‘privatisation neutrality theorem’ or ‘irrelevance result’.

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  • Gil-Moltó, Maria José & Poyago-Theotoky, Joanna & Rodrigues-Neto, José A. & Zikos, Vasileios, 2020. "Mixed oligopoly, cost-reducing research and development, and privatisation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 283(3), pages 1094-1106.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:283:y:2020:i:3:p:1094-1106
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2019.11.071
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    Keywords

    Game theory; Mixed oligopoly; Aggregative games techniques; Privatisation; R&D;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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