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Spillovers and the competitive pressure of long run innovation

  • Ana Balcão Reis
  • Daniel Traca

This paper discusses the impact of oligopolistic product markets for innovation and growth, highlighting a novel, fundamental role of spillovers. We develop a model of endogenous growth with non-tournament R&D, where spillovers raise the relative R&D efficiency of laggards. A key feature is that the rate of innovation and the market configuration (i.e. the distribution of market shares) are jointly determined. Our results emphasize the role of spillovers in sustaining the competitive pressure that is fundamental for long-run innovation and economic growth.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/14146.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in: European Economic Review (2008) v.52 n° 4,p.589-610
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/14146
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