Sigrid Suetens
"Cooperative and noncooperative R&D in experimental duopoly markets"
JEL codes: C90, L13, O31
Keywords: R&D, duopoly, experiment

Abstract:
We analyze the relation between technological spillovers and R\&D cooperation in a duopoly experiment based on the well-known model of d'Aspremont and Jacquemin. For scenarios without and with full spillovers, two noncooperative treatments are run, one without and one with non-binding communication possibilities, and one cooperative treatment, with binding contract possibilities. We find that without technological spillovers, binding R&D contracts are needed for R&D decisions to deviate from the subgame perfect Nash R\&D level towards the cooperative level. With full spillovers, the possibility of non-binding cheap-talk may suffice to move closer to R\&D cooperation.

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