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Better Observability Promotes the Adoption of more Flexible Technologies


  • Boyer, M.
  • Jacques, A.
  • Moreaux, M.


We study in this paper how the technological flexibility choices and equilibrium configurations depend first on the industry characteristics (demand function and cost parameters specific to the multiproduct flexible technology and to the product dedicated technologies) and, second, on the observability conditions prevailing in the industry. We show that better observability tends to promote the adoption of more flexible technologies.

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  • Boyer, M. & Jacques, A. & Moreaux, M., 1998. "Better Observability Promotes the Adoption of more Flexible Technologies," Papers 98.505, Toulouse - GREMAQ.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:gremaq:98.505

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    1. Boyer, M. & Jacques, A. & Moreaux, M., 1998. "Observability, Commitment and Flexibility," Papers 98.504, Toulouse - GREMAQ.
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    1. Marcel Boyer & Armel Jacques & Michel Moreaux, 1998. "Observability, Commitment and Flexibility," CIRANO Working Papers 98s-36, CIRANO.

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    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets


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