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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Design of Vertical R&D Collaborations (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Herbst, Patrick
Walz, Uwe
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Issue Date: 8-Apr-2016
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell for the London School of Economics and Political Science
Citation: Herbst P & Walz U The Design of Vertical R&D Collaborations (Forthcoming/Available Online), Economica.
Abstract: Suppliers play a major role in firms' innovation processes. We analyse ownership and technology choices in vertical R&D collaborations. Under non-contractible R&D outcomes, trade-offs arise between R&D specifically designed towards a manufacturer (increasing investment productivity) and a general technology (hold-up reduction). Stronger downstream competition shifts optimal ownership towards the supplier and favours contracting over ownership rather than specific performance contracts. Downstream ownership is combined with the specific technology if the supplier's expertise is more pronounced or the specific technology is more productive. Contracts incorporating exit clauses increase the gains from collaborations.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Accounting and Finance
Goethe University Frankfurt

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