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International R&D Tournaments and Industrial Policy


  • Zhou, Haiwen

    () (Old Dominion University)


This paper provides a unified approach to study the influence of uncertainty and spillovers on the direction of R&D policy when firms engage in international R&D competition. When the reward to the winner is exogenously given, it is shown that whether a government will tax or subsidize its firm is sensitive to the type of uncertainty that characterizes the R&D process. When the reward to the winner is endogenously determined by R&D spending, the direction of optimal policy is not only sensitive to the type of uncertainty, but also sensitive to the degree of spillovers.

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  • Zhou, Haiwen, 2007. "International R&D Tournaments and Industrial Policy," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 22, pages 320-338.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0396

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    International R&D tournaments; Industrial policy; Uncertainty; Spillovers;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations


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