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Durable Goods Monopoly, Learning-by-doing and "Sleeping Patents"

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  • Edward Kutsoati

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  • Jan Zabojnik

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We analyze a durable good monopolist's decision to adopt a new and more efficient technology that is readily available at no cost. After an initial period of learning by doing, the new technology can either lower the cost of production, or make the good more attractive to consumers. We show that for certain parameter values, the monopolist finds it optimal to continue using the inferior production technology. An implication for welfare purposes is that a durable good monopolist may hold onto a "sleeping patent" when its use is socially desirable. However, we also show that sometimes the monopolist innovates too much relative to the socially optimal level.

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  • Edward Kutsoati & Jan Zabojnik, 2001. "Durable Goods Monopoly, Learning-by-doing and "Sleeping Patents"," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0105, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
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    1. Gerstle, Ari D. & Waldman, Michael, 2016. "Mergers in durable-goods industries: A re-examination of market power and welfare effects," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(4), pages 677-692.
    2. Palomeras, Neus, 2003. "Sleeping patents: any reason to wake up?," IESE Research Papers D/506, IESE Business School.
    3. Kutsoati, Edward & Zabojnik, Jan, 2005. "The effects of learning-by-doing on product innovation by a durable good monopolist," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 23(1-2), pages 83-108, February.
    4. Michael Waldman, 2003. "Durable Goods Theory for Real World Markets," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 17(1), pages 131-154, Winter.

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