Experimentation and learning with networks effects

Arthur Fishman, Neil Gandal

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This paper considers learning in an competitive setting. By allowing an opponent a 'head start', unsuccessful unilateral experimentation may jeopardize future sales and profits. We show that even in the absence of spillover and signalling effects, competition can inhibit the scope of learning, relative to a monopoly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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