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Financial Contracting, R&D and Growth

Dezsoe Szalay ()

No 00-28, Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications from Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of financial constraints in R&D races of the type used in Schumpeterian growth theory. In a world of perfect capital markets these models predict that all innovations come from industry outsiders. In reality, however, we observe a pronounced persistence of some dominant firms. We show that this persistence can be explained by constraints on financial contracting. The paper highlights an indirect channel through which agency costs reduce growth: due to agency costs incumbents face little competition from outsiders. Therefore they can afford do innovate less often and to 'rest longer on their laurels', thereby retarding growth.

Pages: 28 pages
Date: 1999-12-08
Note: Special Thanks are due to Martin Hellwig for ongoing discussions and advice. I would also like to thank Malte Cherdron, Mathias Dewatripont, Christian Laux, Benny Moldovanu, Francesco Ricci, the members of the Mannheim Workshop in Economic Theory and the participants of the ULB seminar as well as the participants of the session at ESEM99 in Santiago de Compostela for very useful comments. All errors are my responsibility. Financial Support of the Swiss Science National Foundation is greatfully acknowledged. email: Szalay@pool.uni-mannheim.de
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