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Strategic Choice of Partners: Research Joint Ventures and Market Power


  • Siebert, Roeller, Tombak


The literature on research joint ventures (RJVs) has emphasized internalizing spillovers and cost-sharing as motives for RJV formation. In this paper we develop an additional explanation: the incentive to exclude rivals in order to gain market power. We illustrate this effect in a simple model of RJV formation with asymmetric firms. We then test our hypothesis by estimating an endogeneous switching model using data from the U.S. National Cooperative Research Act. The empirical findings support our hypothesis that RJVs can be used as an instrument by which firms leverage their market power in the product market.

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  • Siebert, Roeller, Tombak, 2001. "Strategic Choice of Partners: Research Joint Ventures and Market Power," Computing in Economics and Finance 2001 185, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf1:185

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    Research Joint Ventures;

    JEL classification:

    • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
    • L6 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights


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