Research joint ventures (RJVs) usually face technical uncertainty, their expected cost typically depending on the know-how disclosed by the partners. However, the partners have little incentive to share their know-how when they are simultaneously competitors in other markets. In this setting, we show that sometimes profitable RJVs do not start when the disclosure of know-how is not contractible, and characterize the incentive contracts when they exist. We also analyze RJVs as an alternative to licensing contracts for the transmission of know-how. Finally, we show that the EEC's technology policy based on cost subsidies has negative consequences on firms' incentives to share know-how.
|Journal||International Journal of Industrial Organization|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 1997|
- Research joint ventures
- Technology policy