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The Structure and Performance of U.S. Research Joint Ventures: Inferences and Implications from the Advanced Technology Program

James D. Adams, Albert N. Link

NBER Working Paper No. 23734
Issued in August 2017
NBER Program(s):PR

Research Joint Ventures (RJVs) are projects that combine the research resources of different firms. A sample of RJVs supported by the U.S. Advanced Technology Program shows that the projects yield revenues that are far less than costs. Related to this point, the RJVs are subject to commercialization delays, loss of intellectual property, and product market competition. Partner firms undertake joint research, but if they commercialize at all, they do so separately, to avoid splitting of revenues from new products. Ultimately, difficulties with the RJVs occur because frequently, firms are potential competitors.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23734

 
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