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Standardization in Decentralized Economies

  • Auriol, E.
  • Benaim, M.

This paper studies within a dynamical model how decentralized individuals happen to elect non-proprietary standard. The issue is coordination because the individual benefit of adoption depends on whether other agents elect to adopt the same standard. It shows that whenthere are increasing returns to adoption (convexity) standardization occurs. However which standard is going to be elected is not always predictable.

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Paper provided by Universite Aix-Marseille III in its series G.R.E.Q.A.M. with number 98a30.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:98a30
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