Inventing or Spying? Implications for Growth
AbstractAn engineer graduates if she derives the obvious implications of her instructor's hints. But the patent system rewards only the first to present nonobvious advancements--ideas similarly skilled engineers are not expected to invent. If a fraction of the newly invented hints spill over before the technological advances they entail are completed and granted legal protection, the R&D workers will find it convenient to spend some time searching for each other's hints instead of creating their own. A simple modification of the basic Schumpeterian model shows that the larger the skilled population, the larger the relative incentive to spy. Copyright 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economic Growth.
Volume (Year): 6 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.springerlink.com/link.asp?id=102931
You can help add them by filling out this form.
CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
This item has more than 25 citations. To prevent cluttering this page, these citations are listed on a separate page. reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Guenther Eichhorn) or (Christopher F. Baum).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.