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Technological and Physical Obsolescence and the Timing of Adoption

Ramon Caminal ()

No 201028, Working Papers from Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation

Abstract: I study the relative role of technological and physical obsolescence in the determination of the timing of adoption and the monopolist s incentives to innovate. I show that depreciation of durable goods (physical obsolescence) makes decisions about the timing of adoption non-trivial. If the monopolist cannot perfectly restrict the timing of purchases (using purchase deadlines, trade-in allowances, etc.) then its optimal pricing policy will inefficiently delay adoption, which in turn will reduce the incentives to innovate.

Keywords: Durable goods; obsolescence; adoption; innovation; monopoly. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46
Date: 2005-12
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