R&D Networks

Posted: 16 Jan 2002

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Sanjeev Goyal

University of Cambridge

José L. Moraga-González

VU University Amsterdam; University of Groningen


We develop a model of strategic networks that captures two distinctive features of interfirm collaboration: bilateral agreements and nonexclusive relationships. Our analysis highlights the relationship between market competition, firms' incentives to invest in R&D, and the architecture of collaboration networks. In the absence of firm rivalry, the complete network, where each firm collaborates with all others, is uniquely stable, industry-profit maximizing, and efficient. By contrast, under strong market rivalry the complete network is stable, but intermediate levels of collaboration and asymmetric networks are more attractive from a collective viewpoint. This suggests that competing firms may have excessive incentives to form collaborative links.

Suggested Citation

Goyal, Sanjeev and Moraga-Gonzalez, Jose Luis, R&D Networks. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290611

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