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R&D Subsidies, Spillovers and Privatization in Mixed Markets
  • Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, La Trobe University
  • Maria Jose Gil-Molto, University of Leicester
  • Vassilios Zikos, University of Surrey

We examine the use of subsidies to R&D in a mixed and a private duopoly market. We show that the socially optimal R&D subsidy is increasing in the degree of spillovers but it is lower in the private duopoly. The optimal R&D subsidy leads to an increase in total R&D and production, however, it does not lead to the equalisation of per firm output and therefore to an efficient distribution of production costs. We also …find that privatization of the public firm reduces R&D activity and welfare in the duopoly market. This result stands even when optimal R&D subsidies are provided.

  • R&D subsidies,
  • privatization,
  • process innovation,
  • mixed duopoly
Publication Date
July 14, 2010
Citation Information
Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, Maria Jose Gil-Molto and Vassilios Zikos. "R&D Subsidies, Spillovers and Privatization in Mixed Markets" (2010)
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