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Experimentation and Learning with Network Effects

  • Arthur Fishman

    (Tel Aviv University)

  • Neil Gandal

    (Tel Aviv University)

Abtract: This paper considers learning in an imperfectly competitive setting. By allowing an opponent a ``head start," unsuccessful unilateral experimentation may jeopardize future sales and profits. We show that even in the absence of spillover and signalling effects, competition can inhibit the scope of learning, relative to a monopoly.

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Date of creation: 13 Sep 1993
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9309001
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