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Standardization in Decentralized Economies

  • Auriol, Emmanuelle
  • Benaim, Michel

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 Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 85.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Publication status: Published in American Economic Review, vol.�90, 2000, p.�550-570.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:691
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