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Venture capital investment: the role of predator-prey dynamics with learning by doing

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  • James Brander
  • Jean-Etienne De Bettignies

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This paper suggests that endogenous dynamics of the 'predator-prey' type can provide a contributing explanation for both high-venture capital concentration by industry and 'boom and bust' industry-level investment dynamics. We propose a model based on the idea that venture capitalists favor industries where they have significant experience and industries with a large pool of good investment opportunities. However, investment 'uses up' opportunities and therefore tends to deplete the pool of unexploited opportunities. The resulting industry-level interactive dynamics naturally give rise to venture capital investment cycles similar to observed patterns.

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  • James Brander & Jean-Etienne De Bettignies, 2009. "Venture capital investment: the role of predator-prey dynamics with learning by doing," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 1-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:18:y:2009:i:1:p:1-19
    DOI: 10.1080/10438590701530066
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    1. Schertler, Andrea, 2003. "Driving Forces of Venture Capital Investments in Europe: A Dynamic Panel Data Analysis," Kiel Working Papers 1172, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    1. Rin, Marco Da & Hellmann, Thomas & Puri, Manju, 2013. "A Survey of Venture Capital Research," Handbook of the Economics of Finance, Elsevier.
    2. Vladimir Vladimirovich Kolmakov & Aleksandra Grigorievna Polyakova & Vasily Sergeevich Shalaev, 2015. "An Analysis Of The Impact Of Venture Capital Investment On Economic Growth And Innovation: Evidence From The Usa And Russia," Economic Annals, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, vol. 60(207), pages 7-38, September.
    3. Kim, Younghwan & Kim, Wonjoon & Yang, Taeyong, 2012. "The effect of the triple helix system and habitat on regional entrepreneurship: Empirical evidence from the U.S," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 154-166.

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