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Vertical Integration, Innovation and Foreclosure

  • Marie-Laure Allain

    (Ecole Polytechnique, CREST)

  • Claire Chambolle

    (INRA)

  • Patrick Rey

    (TSE)

This paper studies the potential effects of vertical integration on downstream firms' incentives to innovate. Interacting efficiently with a supplier may require information exchanges, which raises the concern that sensitive information may be disclosed to rivals. This may be particularly harmful in case of innovative activities, as it increases the risk of imitation. We show that vertical integration exacerbates this threat of imitation, which de facto degrades the integrated supplier's ability to interact with unintegrated competitors. Vertical integration may thus lead to input foreclosure, thereby raising rivals' cost and limiting both upstream competition and downstream innovation. A similar concern of customer foreclosure arises in the case of downstream bottlenecks.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2011-17.

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Date of creation: Mar 2011
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