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DEMAND UNCERTAINTY, R&D LEADERSHIP AND RESEARCH JOINT VENTUREs

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This paper analyses the desirability of RJV formation when firms may choose their R&D investment before or after any demand uncertainty is resolved. If a R&D leader accommodates a follower, multiple Nash equilibria are possible under both R&D competition and RJV formation. If a R&D leader prevents activity by the follower, this is only expected to be profitable at very low spillover and unit R&D cost levels. Whether R&D leadership when competing in R&D is expected to be more profitable than waiting and forming a RJV will depend on unit R&D costs and spillovers. Maximising expected welfare may require an active role for government.

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  • Paul O'Sullivan, 2014. "DEMAND UNCERTAINTY, R&D LEADERSHIP AND RESEARCH JOINT VENTUREs," Economics Department Working Paper Series n252-14.pdf, Department of Economics, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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