Innovation and the transfer of technology - A leader-follower model

Butterworth-heinemann Ltd
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Economic Modelling, 1989, 6 (4), pp. 452 - 456
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There have been few attempts to model the interaction of R and D, the leakage of industrial technology and product pricing. In the present paper we develop a simple leaderfollower model of process innovation with leakage. The leader engages in R and D and sets the product price. The discoveries of the leader become available to the followers with delay. The task of the leader is to choose a time sequence of product prices and a time sequence of expenditures on R and D, knowing the supply function of the followers during each interval of time and knowing how that function changes through time in response to its own earlier expenditures on R and D. We describe the trajectories in qualitative terms and derive several comparative static results.
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