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Frontiers of Economics in China

Front. Econ. China    2017, Vol. 12 Issue (3) : 450-464
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Product Market Competition and Innovation: What Can We Learn from Economic Theory?
Zhiqi Chen()
Department of Economics, Carleton University, Ottawa, K1S 5B6, Canada
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By means of a literature review, this paper strives to provide some clarity on the much-debated relationship between product market competition and firms’ incentives to innovate. It shows that in the literature there does not exist a robust relationship between competition and incentives to innovate. Therefore, it would be futile to continue the debate over whether competition stimulates or hinders innovation. A more useful approach is to make a distinction between pre-innovation competition and post-innovation competition, as it provides a way for reconciling many of the seemingly contradictory findings from the literature. Another important insight from the literature is that the relationship between competition and innovation depends on the source of increased competition.

Keywords innovation      product market competition      incentive     
Issue Date: 19 September 2017
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Zhiqi Chen. Product Market Competition and Innovation: What Can We Learn from Economic Theory?[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2017, 12(3): 450-464.
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