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Is Competition Good for Innovation? A Simple Approach to an Unresolved Question

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  • Schmutzler, Armin

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The relation between the intensity of competition and R&D investment has received a lot of attention, both in the theoretical and in the empirical literature. Nevertheless, no consensus on the sign of the effect of competition on innovation has emerged. This survey of the literature identifies sources of confusion in the theoretical debate. My discussion is mainly based on a unified model that simplifies the comparison of different results. This model is also applied to show which factors work in favor of a positive relation between competition and innovation.

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  • Schmutzler, Armin, 2010. "Is Competition Good for Innovation? A Simple Approach to an Unresolved Question," Foundations and Trends(R) in Microeconomics, now publishers, vol. 5(6), pages 355-428, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:now:fntmic:0700000035
    DOI: 10.1561/0700000035
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    1. Feichtinger, Gustav & Lambertini, Luca & Leitmann, George & Wrzaczek, Stefan, 2016. "R&D for green technologies in a dynamic oligopoly: Schumpeter, arrow and inverted-U’s," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 249(3), pages 1131-1138.
    2. Schmutzler, Armin, 2013. "Competition and investment — A unified approach," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 477-487.
    3. Lambertini, Luca & Poyago-Theotoky, Joanna & Tampieri, Alessandro, 2017. "Cournot competition and “green” innovation: An inverted-U relationship," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 116-123.
    4. Aghion, Philippe & Akcigit, Ufuk & Howitt, Peter, 2014. "What Do We Learn From Schumpeterian Growth Theory?," Handbook of Economic Growth, in: Philippe Aghion & Steven Durlauf (ed.), Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 0, pages 515-563, Elsevier.
    5. Philippe Aghion & Peter Howitt & Susanne Prantl, 2015. "Patent rights, product market reforms, and innovation," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 20(3), pages 223-262, September.
    6. Jonathan B. Baker, 2016. "Exclusionary Conduct of Dominant Firms, R&D Competition, and Innovation," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 48(3), pages 269-287, May.

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    Keywords

    Competition; Investment; Cost reduction; Industrial organization; Technology and innovation; Public policy;

    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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