nep-tid New Economics Papers
on Technology and Industrial Dynamics
Issue of 2010‒08‒14
four papers chosen by
Rui Baptista
Technical University of Lisbon

  1. The impact of competition on technology adoption: an apples-to-PCs analysis By Adam Copeland; Adam Hale Shapiro
  2. Contracting for an Innovation under Bilateral Asymmetric Information. By Martimort, David; Poudou, Jean-Christophe; Sand-Zantman, Wilfried
  3. Nurturing the Accumulation of Innovations: Lessons from the Internet By Greenstein, Shane
  4. Innovation in the Wireless Ecosystem: A Customer-Centric Framework By Farber, David J.; Faulhaber, Gerald R.

  1. By: Adam Copeland; Adam Hale Shapiro
    Abstract: We study the effect of market structure on a personal computer manufacturer’s decision to adopt new technology. This industry is unusual because there exist two horizontally segmented retail markets with different degrees of competition: the IBM-compatible (or PC) platform and the Apple platform. We first document that, relative to Apple, producers of PCs typically have more frequent technology adoption, shorter product cycles, and steeper price declines over the product cycle. We then develop a parsimonious vintage-capital model that matches the prices and sales of PC and Apple products. The model predicts that competition is the key driver of the rate at which technology is adopted.
    Keywords: Computer industry ; Technological innovations ; Competition
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Martimort, David; Poudou, Jean-Christophe; Sand-Zantman, Wilfried
    Date: 2010–05
  3. By: Greenstein, Shane
    Abstract: The innovations that became the foundation for the Internet originate from two eras that illustrate two distinct models for accumulating innovations over the long haul. The pre-commercial era illustrates the operation of several useful non-market institutional arrangements. It also illustrates a potential drawback to government sponsorship – in this instance, truncation of exploratory activity. The commercial era illustrates a rather different set of lessons. It highlights the extraordinary power of market-oriented and widely distributed investment and adoption, which illustrates the power of market experimentation to foster innovative activity. It also illustrates a few of the conditions necessary to unleash value creation from such accumulated lessons, such as standards development and competition, and nurturing legal and regulatory policies.
    Keywords: Technology and Industry
    Date: 2010–04
  4. By: Farber, David J.; Faulhaber, Gerald R.
    Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Inquiry in GN 09-157 Fostering Innovation and Investment in the Wireless Communications Market is a significant event at an opportune moment. Wireless communications has already radically changed the way not only Americans but people the world over communicate with each other and access and share information, and there appears no end in sight to this fundamental shift in communication markets. Although the wireless communications phenomenon is global, the US has played and will continue to play a major role in the shaping of this market. At the start of a new US Administration and important changes in the FCC, it is most appropriate that this proceeding be launched.
    Keywords: Technology and Industry
    Date: 2009–01

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