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Strategic Product R&D Investment Policy under International Rivalry in the Presence of Demand Spillover Effects

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We develop a model of product (i.e., quality-improving) research and development (R&D) investment competition in a horizontally differentiated duopoly. In particular, based on a third-country market model, we consider the optimal product R&D investment policy under international rivalry in the presence of demand spillover effects associated with improving the quality level of a product. We show how the optimality of a non-cooperative and a cooperative R&D investment policy depends on the strength of demand spillover effects. Furthermore, we consider the same issues in the case of heterogeneous consumers and alternative utility functions.

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  • Tsuyoshi Toshimitsu, 2014. "Strategic Product R&D Investment Policy under International Rivalry in the Presence of Demand Spillover Effects," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 293-309, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intecj:v:28:y:2013:i:2:p:293-309
    DOI: 10.1080/10168737.2014.905619
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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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