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Dynamics of the Non Linear Learning Curve with Spillovers in a Differentiated Oligopoly: Effects on Industry Structure

  • Emanuela Randon

    (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca)

  • Ahmad Naimzada


    (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca)

We analyse the effects on industry structure of non strategic learning by doing with spillovers in a differentiated oligopoly `a la Bertrand. The dynamics is driven by a non linear learning curve. Conditions for shakeouts are analysed, focusing on the key factors affecting them. Policy interventions to limit shakeouts are suggested.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 80.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
Date of revision: Oct 2004
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:80
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