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Diffusion and Competition of Innovative Cardiological Technologies

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  • Thomas Grebel

    () (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Economics)

  • Tom Wilfer

    () (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Economics)

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The paper aims to investigate the diffusion process of two competing innovative technologies in the health care sector. Novelties in cardiovascular surgery will serve as an example. Using a rather simple modeling approach for the ecisions of adopters and suppliers we simulate the evolution of a new market and iscuss the effects network externalities and individual learning unfold in different scenarios. Increasing returns to adoption may lead to situations of technological "lock in".

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  • Thomas Grebel & Tom Wilfer, 2007. "Diffusion and Competition of Innovative Cardiological Technologies," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-091, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-091
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    Keywords

    technological change; diffusion processes; competing technologies; adoption decisions; social learning; medical equipment; network externalities.;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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