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Strategic Choice Between Process And Product Innovation Under Different Competitive Regimes

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  • LUIGI FILIPPINI

    (Istituto di Teoria Economica e Metodi Quantitativi, Università Cattolica, Largo Gemelli, 1 Milano, 20123, Italy)

  • GIANMARIA MARTINI

    (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale, Viale Marconi, 5 DALMINE, 24044 (BG), Italy)

Abstract

This paper investigates the strategic choice between introducing a process or a product innovation in a duopoly model with vertical differentiation, comparing the outcomes in case of Bertrand and Cournot competition. It is shown that under both competitive regimes three equilibria in innovation adoption may arise: two symmetric equilibria, where firms select the same innovation type, and one asymmetric equilibrium. The competitive regime has an impact on the features of the asymmetric equilibrium, since in case of Bertrand competition, the high (low) quality firm chooses a product (process) innovation, while firms make the opposite choices in case of Cournot competition. The presence of a leapfrogging effect (only in the Cournot case) explains these different outcomes. Last, we find that the Cournot competitors tend to favor the introduction of a new product in comparison with the Bertrand competitors.

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  • Luigi Filippini & Gianmaria Martini, 2010. "Strategic Choice Between Process And Product Innovation Under Different Competitive Regimes," International Game Theory Review (IGTR), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 12(02), pages 139-159.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:igtrxx:v:12:y:2010:i:02:n:s0219198910002568
    DOI: 10.1142/S0219198910002568
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    2. Enrico Bellino, 2012. "Pasinetti on Ricardo," DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Teoria Economica e Metodi Quantitativi itemq1258, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
    3. Jochen Manegold, 2016. "Stackelberg Competition among Intermediaries in a Differentiated Duopoly with Product Innovation," Working Papers CIE 98, Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics.
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    Keywords

    Vertical differentiation; innovation adoption; competitive regime; 22E46; 53C35; 57S20;
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    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • C0 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General
    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D5 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics

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