DP4891 Intermediation in Innovation
|Author(s):||Heidrun C. Hoppe-Wewetzer, Emre Ozdenoren|
|Publication Date:||February 2005|
|Keyword(s):||innovation, Intermediation, market microstructure, matching, patent licensing, uncertainty|
|JEL(s):||D40, D80, L12, L13, O32|
|Programme Areas:||Industrial Organization|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=4891|
The paper offers a new theoretical framework to examine the role of intermediaries between creators and users of new inventions. We find that uncertainty about the profitability of investing in new inventions generates a basis for intermediation. An intermediary may provide an opportunity to economize on a critical component of efficient investment decisions - the expertise to sort `profitable' from `unprofitable' inventions. Our findings may help explain the surge in university patenting and licensing since the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. The study also identifies several limitations to the potential efficiency of intermediation in innovation.