I am an applied theorist whose research focuses on industrial organization. I have worked on understanding innovation dynamics, the interaction between competition and innovation, market entry, and their relation to competition policy. I also have a broad interest in microeconomic theory.
PUBLISHED OR FORTHCOMING PAPERS
 Sequential Innovation, Patent Policy, and the Dynamics of the Replacement Effect
[pdf] [Online Appendix] [slides]
RAND Journal of Economics, Vol 50 (3), Pages 568–590
 Innovation and Competition: The role of the Product Market
[with Guillermo Marshall] [pdf] [slides]
International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol 65, July 2019, 221-247
• 2019’s IJIO Best Theoretical Paper Award.
WORKING PAPERS & IN PROGRESS (with PDF)
 On the Interaction between Patent Screening and its Enforcement
[with Gerard Llobet and Javier Suárez] (Revision requested by Journal of Industrial Economics) [pdf] [slides]
 When to License Sequential Inventions [pdf]
WORK IN PROGRESS
 Herculean Equilibrium and Risk Dominance
[with José Espín-Sanchez] (in preparation)
 Optimal insurance contracts under moral hazard
[Handbook chapter, with Ralph Winter]
 Location, Spillovers, and Patent Races
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alvaro.parra [at] sauder.ubc.ca