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No Pain, No Gain: An R&D Model with Endogenous Absorptive Capacity

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I investigate how the introduction of the absorptive-capacity hypothesis changes the results of strategic investment games with exogenous spillover. As a novelty, this paper distinguishes between two different components of R&D: absorptive R&D and inventive R&D . It is demonstrated that a new effect appears: The absorptive-capacity effect now counteracts the free-rider effect of the traditional models. The findings show that firms will invest more in R&D to strengthen absorptive capacity when the spillover parameter is higher. To learn from its competitor, a firm needs to develop its absorptive capacity: no pain, no gain.

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  • Anna Hammerschmidt, 2009. "No Pain, No Gain: An R&D Model with Endogenous Absorptive Capacity," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 165(3), pages 418-437, September.
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    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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