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An investigation of the relationship between counterfeiting and culture: evidence from the European Union

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  • José Cadima Ribeiro

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    (Universidade do Minho - NIPE)

  • José de Freitas Santos

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    (ISCAP - IPP and NIPE-UM)

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    International counterfeiting affects adversely producers, consumers and domestic economies. Some attempts have been made in the last years by international organisations (European Union, World Trade Organisation) to deal with this complex problem. Though some success has been achieved, the number of seizures of counterfeited goods detected in the external borders of EU has increased. This study examines the impact of Hofstede’s cultural variables (power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance) on the level of counterfeiting in European countries.

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    Paper provided by NIPE - Universidade do Minho in its series NIPE Working Papers with number 4/2006.

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    1. Smarzynska Javorcik, Beata, 2004. "The composition of foreign direct investment and protection of intellectual property rights: Evidence from transition economies," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 39-62, February.
    2. Nill, Alexander & Shultz, Clifford II, 1996. "The scourge of global counterfeiting," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 37-42.
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