Technology adoption with forward looking agents
Paolo Colla () and
Filomena Garcia ()
No 2004041, CORE Discussion Papers from Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)
We investigate the effects of forward looking behavior in technology adoption. The setup is an overlapping generation model where agents choose between two alternative networks taking in consideration both the installed base and the expected base. The latter element is the distinctive feature of our approach. We use results from the global games literature to select the unique equilibrium on which agents coordinate their expectations. We consider both the cases of incompatible and compatible technologies, and show that technologies cannot lock-in, while the adoption path exhibits hysteresis. Network choices are characterized both in terms of their long run properties and expected time of adoption.
Keywords: technology adoption; network externalities; global game; hysteresis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C73 L0 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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