On monopolistic licensing strategies under asymmetric information

Schmitz, Patrick W. “On monopolistic licensing strategies under asymmetric information." Journal of Economic Theory 106.1 (2002): 177-189.uni-muenchen.de 提供的 [PDF]


Consider a research lab that owns a patent on a new technology but cannot develop a marketable final product based on the new technology. There are two downstream firms that might successfully develop the new product. If the downstream firms’ benefits from being the sole supplier of the new product are private information, the research lab will sometimes sell two licenses, even though under complete information it would have sold one exclusive license. This is in contrast to the standard result that a monopolist will sometimes serve fewer, but never more buyers when there is private information. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: L12, D45, D82


  • licenses;
  • innovation;
  • monopoly;
  • private information

Webgames and Strategic Behavior: Recipes for Interactive Learning

Holt, C. “Webgames and Strategic Behavior: Recipes for Interactive Learning." Unpublished Manuscript (2002).  psu.edu 提供的 [PDF]

==notes by yinung==

這是一本電子書PDF, Charles A. Holt 寫的, 不知道在網路上還會放多久, 有興趣的快去下載…

Patent Licensing: The Inside Story

Kamien, Morton I., and Yair Tauman. “Patent licensing: the inside story." The Manchester School 70.1 (2002): 7-15. link to Wiley;

==original abstract==

In this paper we compare and contrast the most profitable modes of licensing a cost-reducing invention by an inventor who is an industry incumbent with one who is not. We find that an industry incumbent favors licensing by means of a royalty per unit of output to which the new technology is applied while an outsider prefers to auction off a fixed number of licences outright. Our analysis also suggests that an outside inventor finds it most profitable to target greater cost-reducing inventions to monopolistic industries while an incumbent inventor favors competitive industries.

Are N+1 heads better than one? The case of mutual fund managers*

Prather, L.J., Middleton, K.L., 2002. Are N+1 heads better than one? The case of mutual fund managers. Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization 47, 103–120. DOI.


Recent studies find that mutual funds exhibit differential and persistent performance which is frequently attributed to superior managerial decision making. We extend the literature by examining the impact of the fund’s management structure on performance outcomes. Specifically, we examine directly whether superior outcomes, in terms of risk-adjusted returns, may be explained by behavioral decision making theory that asserts that teams make better decisions than individuals. Empirical results are consistent with the classical decision making theory and the efficient market hypothesis.

弗農·史密斯 (Vernon L. Smith)

Vernon L. Smith (弗農·史密斯)


弗農·洛馬克斯·史密斯Vernon Lomax Smith,1927年1月1日-,加利福尼亞查普曼大學法學院和商學院教授喬治·梅森大學多學科研究中心經濟學研究學者、莫卡托斯中心成員、亞利桑那大學教授、查普曼大學 (Chapman University) 教授。


Vernon Lomax Smith (born January 1, 1927) is professor of economics at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law in Orange, California, a research scholar at George Mason University Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, and a Fellow of the Mercatus Center, all in Arlington, Virginia. Smith shared the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Daniel Kahneman. He is the founder and president of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C.. In 2004 Smith was honored with an honorary doctoral degree[1] at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, the institution that named the Vernon Smith Center for Experimental Economics Research after him.[2]

諾貝爾得獎講稿: Constructivist and Ecological Rationality in Economics (PDF)

Managing Dynamic Competition

Tracy R. Lewis and Huseyin Yildirim (2002) “Managing Dynamic Competition." The American Economic Review, Vol. 92, No. 4 (Sep., 2002) (pp. 779-797). (In JSTOR: Page Scan PDF Summary)

notes by yinung

聽過一種說法: 大廠在向供應商採購時, 會故意隔幾年向另向一個競爭廠下大量訂單, 以讓這些廠商形成具有經濟規模的競爭者… 這一篇看起來好像在講這個故事

Original abstract

In many important high-technology markets, including software development, data processing, communications, aeronautics, and defense, suppliers learn through experience how to provide better service at lower cost. This paper examines how a buyer designs dynamic competition among rival suppliers to exploit learning economies while minimizing the costs of becoming locked in to one producer. Strategies for controlling dynamic competition include the handicapping of more efficient suppliers in procurement competitions, the protection and allocation of intellectual property, and the sharing of information among rival suppliers.


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The timing of bids in internet auctions: Market design, bidder behavior, and artificial agents

A Ockenfels, AE Roth – AI Magazine, 2002 – aaai.org (創刊於 1980, SCI, ) 下載 [pdf]

Game theorists and market designers focus on the impact of the rules of the game on the behavior of the participants. Participants in internet markets can be human bidders bidding in person or artificial agents used by human bidders. Thus, the per- formance of market rules …

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In particular, we identify three distinct kinds of bidding wars: (1) with incremental bidders, (2) with like-minded late bidders, and (3) with uninformed bidders who look to others’ bids to determine the value of an item.

1. Bidding Late to Avoid Bidding Wars with Incremental Bidders

Last-minute bidding can be a best reply toincremental bidding.

Last-minute bids can be a best response to this kind of incremental bidding because bidding near the deadline of the auction would not give the incremental bidder sufficient time to respond to being outbid.

2. Bidding Late to Avoid Bidding Wars with Like-Minded Bidders
?? Like-Minded Bidders: 同樣想法的 bidders?

3.Bidding Late to Protect Information in Auctions with Interdependent Values
There are additional strategic reasons to bid late in auctions with interdependent values (common value auctions).

…the bids of others can carry valuable information about the item’s value that can provoke a bidder to increase his/her willingness to pay. This creates incentives to bid late because by bidding late, less informed bidders can incorporate into their bids the information they have gathered from the earlier bids of others, and experts can avoid giving information to others through their own early bids.

…the uninformed bidder should not bid unless the expert submitted a bid earlier and, thus, signaled that the coin is genuine.

…Such conditional bidding behavior of uninformed bidders creates, in turn, an incentive for experts to submit the bid for a genuine item very late to, as esnipe.com puts it, “prevent other bidders from cashing in on their expertise.”

Strategic versus Nonstrategic Hypotheses for Late Bidding

There are other, nonstrategic reasons for late bidding, including procrastination, use of search engines that make it easy to find auctions about to end, endowment effects, or management of bidding in multiple auctions in which similar objects might be offered.

However, regardless of the causes for incremental bidding, incremental bidders are likely to drive last-minute bidding.

Indeed, a substantial share of both, one-bid bidders (12 percent) and multiple bidders (16 percent), bid as late as in the last 10 minutes of the eBay auctions (Ockenfels and Roth 2001). However, the data also reveal that …one-bid bidders submit their bid later than incremental bidders.

Thus, many incremental bidders bid late, but one-bid bidders tend to bid even later.

…the data indicate that incremental bidding significantly diminishes with experience (as measured by the bidders’ feedback numbers), but last-minute bidding increases with experience.

…eBay would face a number of choices. One would be to recapture the sniping market by offering a sniping option on eBay itself…. Of course, if all bidders used this option, the auction would precisely be a sealed-bid auction. eBay, and sellers who list items for sale on eBay, might prefer not to encourage this development…