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Regulation of Multiagent Research and Development

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This article focuses on the regulation problems raised by two specific characteristics of research and development: first, it is normally desirable that several units pursue the same goal, and second, that only the best of the final products made by these units is worthwhile to society. When firms have private information, these characteristics are seen to generate a substitution effect which in some situations implies that the resources allocated to R&D under asymmetric information are excessive relative to the full-information allocation. I thus identify asymmetric information as one possible source of excessive allocations to research and development.

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  • Trond E. Olsen, 1993. "Regulation of Multiagent Research and Development," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 24(4), pages 529-541, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:24:y:1993:i:winter:p:529-541
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    1. Cassiman, Bruno, 2000. "Research joint ventures and optimal R&D policy with asymmetric information," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 283-314, February.
    2. Olsen, Trond E. & Osmundsen, Petter, 2001. "Strategic tax competition; implications of national ownership," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 81(2), pages 253-277, August.
    3. Osmundsen, Petter, 2002. "Regulation of common property resources under private information about resource externalities," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 349-366, November.
    4. Isabelle Brocas, 2003. "Les enjeux de la réglementation de la recherche et développement," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 113(1), pages 125-148.
    5. Wallace HUFFMAN & Richard E. JUST, 1995. "Transaction Costs, Fads, And Politically Motivated Misdirection In Agricultural Research," Staff Papers 277, Iowa State University Department of Economics.
    6. Olsen, Trond E. & Osmundsen, Petter, 2011. "Multinationals, tax competition and outside options," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(11), pages 1579-1588.
    7. de Laat, Eric A. A., 1997. "Patents or prizes: Monopolistic R&D and asymmetric information," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 369-390, May.
    8. Trond Olsen & Petter Osmundsen, 2000. "International Competition for R&D Investments (new title: Spillovers and international competition for investments)," CESifo Working Paper Series 316, CESifo Group Munich.

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