19 October 2023
Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday the 24th of October 2023 at 13:00 Athens time. The speaker is Igor Letina, University of Bern. The title of the talk is “Market-Bound Research Contests".
This webinar is free and open to all. The moderator is Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos.
Join Zoom: https://uoc-gr.zoom.us/j/96479541729?pwd=YW1BbklkdGlLNFpyaHRMaXBFZjcwZz09
Meeting ID: 964 7954 1729
Abstract: In many instances, the social value of an innovation is much larger than the profits that a firm can obtain by selling the innovation on the market. When this is the case, a research contest can help align incentives and increase welfare. This paper examines the optimal design of research contests when the objective of the principal is the discovery and broad adoption of socially valuable innovations. We show that the principal benefits from conditioning the size of the prize on the market performance of the winner. The optimal contest features two quantity cutoffs and two prize levels. The low prize is awarded if the winner sells a quantity greater than the first cutoff while the high prize is awarded if the winner sells a quantity greater than the second cutoff.