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The Organization of the Innovation Industry: Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and Oligopolists

We construct a model where incumbents can either acquire basic innovations from entrepreneurs, or wait and acquire developed innovations from entrepreneurial firms supported by venture capitalists. We show that venture-backed entrepreneurial firms have an incentive to overinvest in development vis à vis incumbents due to strategic product market effects on the sales price of a developed innovation. This will trigger preemptive acquisitions by incumbents, thus increasing the reward for entrepreneurial innovations. We also show that venture capital can emerge in equilibrium if venture capitalists have cost advantages, or if development is associated with double moral hazard problems.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 783.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jan 2009
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Publication status: Published as Norbäck, Pehr-Johan and Lars Persson, 'The Organization of the Innovation Industry: Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and Oligopolists' in Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, pages 1261-1290.
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