Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16451
Title: Does intellectual property right promote innovations when pirates are innovators?
Authors: Marjit, S
Yang, L 
Keywords: Intellectual property rights
R&D incentive of imitators
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Source: International review of economics and finance, 2015, v. 37, p. 203-207 How to cite?
Journal: International Review of Economics and Finance 
Abstract: We identify two new channels through which Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) may affect R&D incentives that are in stark contrast to conventional wisdom. First, in a model with a simple technology we find that IPRs may deter innovations when pirates are potential innovators. Second, in a model with a complex technology we find that IPR, even in a static situation, increases consumer surplus. We show that strong IPRs lead not only to the decrease in the "competition effect", but also the increase in the "innovation effect" in the current period when there exists international specialization in R&D. When "innovation effect" dominates "competition effect", the strengthening of patent protection promotes both innovation and consumer surplus.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16451
ISSN: 1059-0560
DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2014.11.023
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