Learning when to quit

Ganglmair, Bernhard ; Simcoe, Timothy ; Tarantino, Emanuele

URL: https://events.barcelonagse.eu/live/files/1773-ema...
Additional URL: https://www.tse-fr.eu/seminars/2017-learning-when-...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2016
Place of publication: Barcelona ; Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
School of Law and Economics > VWL, Mikroökonomik (Juniorprofessur) (Tarantino 2014-2019)
School of Law and Economics > Innovation u. Wettbewerb (Ganglmair 2020-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL:
Abstract: We propose a model of research and development as a process of experimentation in which researchers repeatedly revise specifications of a project and update their beliefs about the project’s type. Only a good project whose type is learned by researchers can generate value. Researchers abandon a project when the opportunity costs of continuing exceed the expected benefits. We estimate the structural parameters of this dynamic optimization problem using a novel data set with information on both successful and abandoned projects from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an organization that creates and maintains standards necessary for the functioning of the internet. The structural approach allows us to recover researchers’ unobserved beliefs and opportunity costs, and answer questions about whether specific rules and institutions encourage “efficient abandonment” of ongoing projects. We find that opportunity costs are decreasing over time, and feedback and comments from the IETF community at large increase the speed at which developers learn whether a project is worth pursuing.

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