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Outsourcing, Contracts and Innovation Networks

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  • Naghavi, Alireza
  • Ottaviano, Gianmarco

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We study the decision of firms between vertical integration and outsourcing in a dynamic setting with product innovation. In so doing, we model an industry in which R&D is performed by independent research labs and outsourcing production requires complementary upstream and downstream inventions. In the presence of search friction and incomplete outsourcing contracts, we show that the ex-post bargaining power of upstream and downstream parties at the production stage feeds back to R&D incentives, thus affecting the emergence and the performance of labs specialized in complementary inventions.

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  • Naghavi, Alireza & Ottaviano, Gianmarco, 2006. "Outsourcing, Contracts and Innovation Networks," CEPR Discussion Papers 5681, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:5681
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    1. Alireza Naghavi & Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, 2010. "Outsourcing, complementary innovations, and growth," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(4), pages 1009-1035, August.
    2. Alireza Naghavi & Gianmarco Ottaviano, 2009. "Firm Heterogeneity, Contract Enforcement, and the Industry Dynamics of Offshoring," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 111(4), pages 629-653, December.
    3. Nuttapon Photchanaprasert, 2011. "Innovation and Production Offshoring: Implications on Welfare," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd10-185, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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    Keywords

    incomplete contracts; innovation; outsourcing;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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