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The value of a new idea: knowledge transmission, workers' mobility and market structure

  • Marini, Marco A.

We model the process of knowledge transmission among firms via workers mobility as a multi-stage game. In our setup an idea to be realized needs that the agent informed about the idea recruits another agent from a pool of uninformed people. This constraint generates a recursive effect of knowledge transmission via players mobility across firms which affects simultaneously the players payoffs and the number of active players engaged in market competition. We provide sufficient conditions for the game to possess a unique symmetric subgame perfect equilibrium in which all incumbent players deter the exit of their collaborators. The equilibrium outcome is shown to depend upon the success of the idea over time, expressed by the behaviour of the market demand and on playerstime preferences. A few other intuitions are provided on the interplay between technology, market structure and the market value of an innovative idea.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 1687.

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Date of creation: 10 Jul 2005
Date of revision: Jan 2006
Publication status: Published in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 29, 2006.29(2006): pp. 697-706
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:1687
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