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Evolving Technologies and Standards Regulation


Luis M. B. Cabral


New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

David J. Salant


Columbia University - Columbia Institute for Tele Information; Toulouse School of Economics; Center for Research in Wireless Communications

April 2008


Abstract:     
Spectrum regulation necessarily involves some regulation of the technology that licensees can use. One commonly stated assertion is that a mandated single standard, the solution followed by the EU for 2G wireless, is a successful model for spectrum regulation. We argue that a single standard leads to a free riding problem, and thus to a significant decrease in marginal incentives for R&D investment. In this context, keeping two separate standards may be a necessary evil to sustain a high level of R&D expenditures. We also provide conditions such that a non-standardization equilibrium is better for consumers and for society as a whole.

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Date posted: April 15, 2008  

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Cabral, Luis M. B. and Salant, David J., Evolving Technologies and Standards Regulation (April 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1120862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1120862

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Luis M. B. Cabral (Contact Author)
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~lcabral
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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David J. Salant
Columbia University - Columbia Institute for Tele Information ( email )
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Toulouse School of Economics ( email )
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Center for Research in Wireless Communications ( email )
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Clemson, SC 29634
HOME PAGE: http://www.clemson.edu/crwc/people/faculty/Salant.htm
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