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Public Policy towards R&D in a Mixed Duopoly with Spillovers

María José Gil-Moltó (), Joanna Poyago-Theotoky and Vasileios Zikos
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María José Gil-Moltó: Dept of Economics, Loughborough University

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Discussion Paper Series from Department of Economics, Loughborough University

Abstract: We investigate the use of subsidies to R&D, both in a mixed and a private duopoly market. We show that the socially optimal R&D subsidy is positive and increasing in the degree of spillovers both in the private and the mixed duopoly, although it is lower for the former than for the latter. We also find support for the empirical claim that privatization is followed by a scaling down of the R&D activity. A comparative static analysis of welfare levels suggests that privatization is welfare detrimental, which lends some support to the views against the widespread adoption of privatization programs.

Keywords: mixed duopoly; process innovation; R&D subsidies; privatisation; spillovers. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 L31 L32 L50 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-07
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