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R&D Productivity and IPR Regimes
The Manchester School (2013)
  • Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, La Trobe University
  • Khemarat Teerasuwannajak, Chulalongkorn University

We study firms' preferences towards intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes in a North–South context, using a simple duopoly model where a ‘North’ and a ‘South’ firm compete in a third market. Unlike other contributions in this field, we explicitly introduce the South's capability to undertake cost-reducing R&D, but maintain the South's inferiority in using and managing its R&D. In contrast to traditional results, we show that the North may encourage lax IPR protection provided that its South rival's R&D productivity is not too low. In this sense, our results do not support the idea of universal or uniform IPR protection regime.

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Joanna Poyago-Theotoky and Khemarat Teerasuwannajak. "R&D Productivity and IPR Regimes" The Manchester School Vol. 81 Iss. 3 (2013)
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