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Is the market biased against risky R&D?

de Meza, David ORCID: 0000-0002-5638-8310 and Klette, T. (1986) Is the market biased against risky R&D? RAND Journal of Economics, 17 (1). pp. 133-139. ISSN 0741-6261

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This article analyzes the riskiness of the R&D strategies chosen by firms engaged in a "winner-takes-all" patent race. In contradiction to Dasgupta and Stiglitz (1980) we show that, when the distribution of invention times is symmetric, the market equilibrium cannot be safer and may be riskier than is socially optimal. We identify the economic reason for the emergence but only if there are few competitors.

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Additional Information: © 1986 The RAND journals of economics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2011 14:50
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