Latent Submarket Dynamics and Industry Evolution: Lessons from the U.S. Laser Industry
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business
September 12, 2012
In its first 35 years, the U.S. laser industry was characterised by steady growth in output and the number of producers, whereas subsequently the number of producers steadily declined despite continued growth in the industry’s output. A model of industry evolution that features the creation, destruction, and fusing of independent submarkets is developed to explain these two eras. Data on all laser producers are used to test various implications of the model concerning entry, exit, and innovation. The findings suggest that the emergence of a dominant submarket can fundamentally alter an industry’s market structure and the character of innovation, which is applied to explain historical developments in the evolution of various innovative industries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
Keywords: Submarkets, Shakeouts, Innovation
JEL Classification: L11, O33working papers series
Date posted: September 30, 2012
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