Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2-2012

Abstract

This paper challenges the conventional wisdom that the TRIPs agreement is bad for developing countries. We present a dynamic general equilibrium model of North-South trade that allows us to study the implications of stronger intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and simultaneous trade liberalization. In our model, stronger IPR protection in the South (TRIPs) leads to more innovation in the North, more technology transfer to the South and higher long-run southern consumer welfare. The South also benefits from trade liberalization but the welfare gains from TRIPs are considerably larger.

Keywords

Multinational Firms, North-South Trade, Intellectual Property Rights, Foreign Direct Investment, Product Cycles, Economic Growth

Discipline

Economics | Intellectual Property Law | International Economics

Research Areas

Macroeconomics

First Page

1

Last Page

57

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Authors

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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