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Competitive Planned Obsolescence

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  • Paul A. Grout

    () (University of Bristol and CMPO)

  • In-Uck Park

    () (University of Bristol and CMPO)

Abstract

We provide a model of planned obsolescence in a competitive market. A feature of the model is that there are configurations where a firm cannot survive in the competitive market unless its product exhibits planned and known obsolescence. This form of obsolescence is complementary to that of existing models and arises from the ability of planned obsolescence to minimize the lemons problem.

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  • Paul A. Grout & In-Uck Park, 2005. "Competitive Planned Obsolescence," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 36(3), pages 596-612, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:36:y:2005:3:p:596-612
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    1. Blonigen, Bruce A. & Knittel, Christopher R. & Soderbery, Anson, 2017. "Keeping it fresh: Strategic product redesigns and welfare," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 170-214.
    2. Jong-Hee Hahn & Jin-Hyuk Kim, 2015. "R&D Investment, Planned Obsolescence, and Network Effects," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 171(4), pages 652-665, December.
    3. Eric Brouillat, 2011. "Durability of consumption goods and market competition: an agent-based modelling," Post-Print hal-00780254, HAL.
    4. Jong-Hee Hahn & Jin-Hyuk Kim, 2012. "Monopoly R&D and Compatibility Decisions in Network Industries," Working papers 2012rwp-43, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.
    5. Eric Brouillat, 2015. "Live fast, die young? Investigating product life spans and obsolescence in an agent-based model," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 447-473, April.
    6. Dinesh Kumar, U. & Saranga, Haritha, 2010. "Optimal selection of obsolescence mitigation strategies using a restless bandit model," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 200(1), pages 170-180, January.
    7. Cerquera Dussán, Daniel, 2007. "Durable Goods, Innovation and Network Externalities," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-086, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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