Trade, imitative ability and intellectual property rights

Rod Falvey, Neil Foster, David Greenaway

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Abstract

Economic theory suggests some ambiguity concerning the effects of strengthening intellectual property rights (IPRs) on international trade. Here we extend the empirical literature that attempts to resolve this ambiguity. We use panel data to estimate a gravity equation for manufacturing exports, in aggregate and by industry, from five advanced countries to 69 developed and developing countries over the period 1970-1999. In particular, we use threshold regression techniques to determine whether the impact of IPR protection on trade depends upon the level of development, imitative ability and market size of the importing country. We confirm the importance of the importers' imitative ability, and also find some evidence of a role for market size in this relationship. The individual industries present different patterns of thresholds and coefficients, with Total Manufacturing closely reflecting that of Fabricated Metal Products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-404
Number of pages32
JournalReview of World Economics
Volume145
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Panel data
Intellectual property rights protection
Threshold regression
Economic theory
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Falvey, Rod ; Foster, Neil ; Greenaway, David. / Trade, imitative ability and intellectual property rights. In: Review of World Economics. 2009 ; Vol. 145, No. 3. pp. 373-404.
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