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Herd Behaviour as an Incentive Scheme

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  • Nicolas Melissas

    (Institut d'Analisi Economica)

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This paper presents a model of technology invention in an emerging market. Managers wait and adopt the standard technology in the hope to free-ride on the effort level of another manager who may invent a superior technology. The more managers who adopt the standard technology, the more their successors believe that probably the superior technology doesn't exist. As this hampers the successors' incentives to innovate, herding in my model reduces the scope of strategic waiting.

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  • Nicolas Melissas, 2000. "Herd Behaviour as an Incentive Scheme," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0425, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:0425
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    1. VERGARI, Cecilia, 2004. "Herd behaviour, strategic complementarities and technology adoption," CORE Discussion Papers 2004063, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    2. Andonova, Veneta & Rodriguez, Yeny & Sanchez, Ivan Dario, 2013. "When waiting is strategic: Evidence from Colombian M&As 1995–2008," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(10), pages 1736-1742.

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