Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

The Economic Effects of Intellectual Property Right Infringements


Author Info

  • Feinberg, Robert M
  • Rousslang, Donald J


In this article, the authors use data from a small, but varied, sample of U.S. companies to examine the static welfare consequences of foreign infringement of U.S. intellectual property rights in five industry sectors. They estimate that infringement causes profit losses for the legitimate U.S. suppliers that are at least one percent as great as their total sales, that the static gains to consumers are more than half as great as the losses of legitimate producers (and might exceed these losses), and that the losses of the legitimate producers exceed the profits of infringers. They also find that legitimate producers spend relatively little to combat foreign infringement--less than 4 percent as much as their losses from such infringement. Copyright 1990 by the University of Chicago.

Download Info

If 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.
File URL:
File Function: full text
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to JSTOR subscribers. See for details.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Bibliographic Info

Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Business.

Volume (Year): 63 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 79-90

as in new window
Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:63:y:1990:i:1:p:79-90

Contact details of provider:
Web page:

Related research



No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.


Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Helpman, Elhanan, 1993. "Innovation, Imitation, and Intellectual Property Rights," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 61(6), pages 1247-80, November.
  2. Grinols, Earl L. & Lin, Hwan C., 1997. "Asymmetric Intellectual Property Rights Protection and North-South Welfare," MPRA Paper 19542, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Goldsmith, Peter D. & Ramos, Gabriel & Steiger, Carlos, 2001. "Intellectual Property Protection And The International Marketing Of Agricultural Biotechnology: Firm And Host Country Impacts," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20672, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Nill, Alexander & Shultz, Clifford II, 1996. "The scourge of global counterfeiting," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 37-42.
  5. Poddar, Amit & Foreman, Jeff & Banerjee, Syagnik (Sy) & Ellen, Pam Scholder, 2012. "Exploring the Robin Hood effect: Moral profiteering motives for purchasing counterfeit products," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(10), pages 1500-1506.


This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


Access and download statistics


When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:63:y:1990:i:1:p:79-90. See general 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: (Journals Division).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.