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Does software piracy affect economic growth? Evidence across countries

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  • Andrés, Antonio R.
  • Goel, Rajeev K.

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We examine the effect of software piracy on medium term growth using cross-country data over 2000–2007. While the empirical literature has focused on identifying the causes of software piracy, our contribution is to examine its effects. Our findings suggest that software piracy reduces economic growth over the medium term but the relationship is non-linear – the rate of decrease in economic growth diminishes with piracy increase. This growth-reducing effect is especially pronounced in low income countries. Policy implications are discussed.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 284-295

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jpolmo:v:34:y:2012:i:2:p:284-295

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Keywords: Software piracy; Economic growth; Intellectual Property Rights; Low-income nations;

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  3. Antonio R Andres & Simplice A Asongu, 2013. "Global dynamic timelines for IPRs harmonization against software piracy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 874-880.
  4. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Fighting software piracy in Africa: how do legal origins and IPRs protection channels matter?," Working Papers 12/016, African Governance and Development Institute..
  5. Antonio R. Andrés & Simplice A. Asongu & Voxi Amavilah, 2013. "The Impact of Formal Institutions on Knowledge Economy," Development Research Working Paper Series 05/2013, Institute for Advanced Development Studies.
  6. Asongu Simplice, 2014. "Boosting scientific publications in Africa: which IPRs protection channels matter?," Working Papers 14/010, African Governance and Development Institute..
  7. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Fighting software piracy: which IPRs laws (treaties) matter in Africa?," MPRA Paper 43590, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Asongu Simplice & Antonio R. Andrés, 2012. "Fighting software piracy: which governance tools matter in Africa?," Working Papers 12/017, African Governance and Development Institute..
  9. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Software piracy, inequality and the poor: evidence from Africa," Working Papers 12/035, African Governance and Development Institute..

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