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Flexible versus Dedicated Technology Adoption in the Presence of a Public Firm

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  • María José Gil-Moltó

    () (Department of Economics, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH England, United Kingdom)

  • Joanna Poyago-Theotoky

    () (Department of Economics, Loughborough University, Sir Richard Morris Building, Loughborough, LE11 3TU England, United Kingdom)

Abstract

We study firms' adoption of flexible technologies in the context of a mixed versus a private duopoly with product differentiation. As opposed to a dedicated technology, a flexible technology allows a firm to become multiproduct or multimarket without bearing additional costs. We find that a configuration where both firms adopt flexible technologies is more likely to arise in equilibrium in the private duopoly. A similar result occurs when both firms use a dedicated technology in the case of almost independent or close substitute products. Privatization of the public firm is socially beneficial in limited circumstances.

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  • María José Gil-Moltó & Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, 2008. "Flexible versus Dedicated Technology Adoption in the Presence of a Public Firm," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(4), pages 997-1016, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:4:y:2008:p:997-1016
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    1. Wen-Jung Liang & Kuang-Cheng Wang & Hong-Ren Din, 2014. "Spatial Competition and Flexible Manufacturing with Spatially Discriminatory Pricing," ERSA conference papers ersa14p234, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Hiroaki Ino & Toshihiro Matsumura, 2010. "What role should public enterprises play in free-entry markets?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 101(3), pages 213-230, November.
    3. Gelves, Juan Alejandro & Heywood, John S., 2016. "How does a mixed ownership firm license a patent?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 278-284.
    4. Takeshi Ebina & Toshihiro Matsumura & Daisuke Shimizu, 2009. "Mixed oligopoly and spatial agglomeration in quasi-linear city," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(4), pages 2722-2729.
    5. Kuang-Cheng Wang & Hong-Ren Din & Wen-Jung Liang, 2014. "Spatial competition and flexible manufacturing with spatially discriminatory pricing," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 53(1), pages 295-314, August.
    6. Ming Lin & Toshihiro Matsumura, 2012. "Presence of foreign investors in privatized firms and privatization policy," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 107(1), pages 71-80, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • L32 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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