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Observation, Flexibilité et Structures Technologiques des Industries

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  • Marcel Boyer
  • Armel Jacques
  • Michel Moreaux

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We study the links between observability and flexible technological choices in a duopolistic market. We show that, in large markets, the strategic value of flexibility is positive and observability of technological choices promotes the adoption of more flexible technologies whereas in small markets, the strategic value of flexibility is negative and observability decreases the level of flexibility chosen by firms. On étudie l'impact des conditions d'observation sur les choix de flexibilité technologique dans un duopole. Si le marché est de taille importante, la valeur stratégique de la flexibilité est positive et l'observation des choix technologiques favorise l'adoption de technologies flexibles alors que si le marché est de taille plus faible, la valeur stratégique de la flexibilité est négative et l'observation amène les firmes à choisir des technologies moins flexibles.

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  • Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 2002. "Observation, Flexibilité et Structures Technologiques des Industries," CIRANO Working Papers 2002s-12, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2002s-12
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    1. Maria Jose Gil-Molto & Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, 2006. "Flexible vs Dedicated Technology Adoption in the Presence of a Public Firm," Discussion Paper Series 2006_1, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Jan 2006.

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    Keywords

    Flexibility; Observation; Duopoly; Flexibilité; observation; duopole;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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