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Duplicative research, mergers and innovation

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  • Denicol�, Vincenzo
  • Polo, Michele

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We show that in the model of Federico, Langus and Valletti (2017) [A simple model of mergers and innovation, Economics Letters, 157, 136-140] horizontal mergers may actually spur innovation by preventing duplication of R&D efforts. This possibility is more likely, the greater is the value of innovations, the less rapidly diminishing are the returns to R&D, and the more highly correlated are the R&D projects of different firms. Federico, Langus and Valletti (2017) do not obtain this result because they focus only on the case in which the merged firm spreads total R&D expenditure evenly across the individual research units of the merging firms -- a strategy which is optimal, however, only if the returns to R&D diminish sufficiently rapidly.

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  • Denicol�, Vincenzo & Polo, Michele, 2017. "Duplicative research, mergers and innovation," CEPR Discussion Papers 12511, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Haucap, Justus & Rasch, Alexander & Stiebale, Joel, 2019. "How mergers affect innovation: Theory and evidence," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 283-325.
    2. Giulio Federico & Fiona Scott Morton & Carl Shapiro, 2019. "Antitrust and Innovation: Welcoming and Protecting Disruption," NBER Chapters,in: Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 20 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. repec:kap:revind:v:54:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s11151-019-09679-5 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Horizontal mergers; Innovation;

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    • L00 - Industrial Organization - - General - - - General

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