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A knowledge based approach to collaboration in basic research

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  • Mauro Caminati

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This paper suggests a knowledge based approach to the formation of collaboration networks in basic research. Though mainly focused on foundations, it provides the example of a set of knowledge distributions supporting effort allocations that are pairwise equilibria of the collaboration game. These equilibrium outcomes produce a star-like collaboration network. Restrictions yielding the small world property are also specified. A closing remark expands on the knowledge growth maximizing allocation of effort, compared to the allocation produced by private incentives.

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  • Mauro Caminati, 2009. "A knowledge based approach to collaboration in basic research," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 0809, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
  • Handle: RePEc:usi:depfid:0809
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    ideas; knowledge endowment; modularity; collaboration game; pairwise equilibrium; star network; small world.;

    JEL classification:

    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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