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Rent-Seeking in Research Markets


  • Goel, Rajeev K


Using a standard model of uncertain innovation, this paper examines research rivalry and rent-seeking rivalry in innovation markets. Previous literature has not considered the implications of rent-seeking in research markets. We find that greater rent-seeking by the rival unambiguously lowers own profit-maximizing research and rent-seeking activity. On the other hand, greater research spending by the rival also lowers own research and rent-seeking, especially when the probability of own innovation is low. Policy implications are discussed. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Goel, Rajeev K, 2003. "Rent-Seeking in Research Markets," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 28(2), pages 103-109, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jtecht:v:28:y:2003:i:2:p:103-09

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    1. Rajeev K. Goel & Devrim Göktepe-Hultén, 2018. "What drives academic patentees to bypass TTOs? Evidence from a large public research organisation," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 240-258, February.
    2. Rajeev Goel & James Saunoris & Xingyuan Zhang, 2015. "Innovation and underground entrepreneurship," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 40(5), pages 800-820, October.

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