Pierce, Andrea and Sen, Debapriya (2011): Outsourcing versus technology transfer: Hotelling meets Stackelberg.
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We consider a Hotelling duopoly with two firms A and B in the final good market. Both can produce the required intermediate good, firm B having a lower cost due to a superior technology. We compare two contracts: outsourcing (A orders the intermediate good from B) and technology transfer (B transfers its technology to A). An outsourcing order acts as a credible commitment on part of A to maintain a specific market share, resulting in an indirect Stackelberg leadership effect that is absent in a technology transfer contract. We show that compared to the situation of no contracts, there are always Pareto improving outsourcing contracts making both firms and all consumers better off, but no Pareto improving technology transfer contracts. It is also shown that if firm B has a relatively large bargaining power in its negotiations with A, then both firms prefer technology transfer while all consumers prefer outsourcing.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Outsourcing versus technology transfer: Hotelling meets Stackelberg|
|Keywords:||Outsourcing; Technology transfer; Hotelling duopoly; Stackelberg effect; Pareto improving contracts|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure ; Size Distribution of Firms
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L13 - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design > D43 - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
|Depositing User:||Debapriya Sen|
|Date Deposited:||23. May 2011 12:02|
|Last Modified:||01. Jan 2016 08:30|
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