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One-way spillovers, endogenous innovator/imitator roles and research joint ventures

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  • AMIR, Rabah

    (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

  • WOODERS, John

    (Department of Economics; University of Arizona, Tucson)

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We consider a two-period duopoly characterized by a one-way spillover structure in process R&D and a very broad specification of product market competition. We show that a priori identical firms always engage in different levels of R&D, at equilibrium, thus giving rise to an innovator/imitator configuration and ending up with different sizes. We also provide a general analysis of the social benefits of, and firms’ incentive for, forming research joint ventures. The key properties of the game are submodularity (R&D decisions are strategic substitutes) and lack of global concavity.

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  • AMIR, Rabah & WOODERS, John, 1997. "One-way spillovers, endogenous innovator/imitator roles and research joint ventures," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 1997027, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    Keywords

    oligopolistic R&D; one-way spillovers; research joint ventures; sub- modularity;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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