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Innovation Strategies in a Competitive Dynamic Setting

  • Ruslan Lukach
  • Joseph Plasmans
  • Peter M. Kort

This paper presents a dynamic model of a competitive R&D and production duopoly subject to knowledge spillovers. Two asymmetric firms operate for a limited period of time and dispose their knowledge capital in the end. Both firms and the social planner prefer the R&D-cooperative strategy over the competitive one regardless of the intensity of knowledge spillovers. Accumulation of knowledge capital results allows the monopolist to have lower marginal cost of production and charge a lower market price than a fully competitive duopoly. Being able to define the degree of knowledge exchange when creating a research joint venture, the firms do not necessary choose the highest degree of cooperation available.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1395.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1395
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  1. Kline, J.J., 1998. "Research Joint Ventures and the Cost Paradox," Papers 356, Australian National University - Department of Economics.
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