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Information Gathering, Innovation and Growth

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  • Carmelo Pierpaolo Parello

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In this paper we study the economic implications of IPR protection on corporate intelligence, R&D investment and economic growth. To accomplish this objective, we present a dynamic, scale-invariant Schumpeterian model of growth with information gathering and analyze the steady-state e¤ects of introducing stronger protection for …rms con…dential information. In doing so, we introduce the trade secret into a standard quality-ladder growth model and study the long-run implications of improving the privacy of …rms’data. We …nd that reducing the set of practices of information gathering is more e¤ective in protecting …rms’privacy than strengthening trade secret.

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 122.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Keywords: R&D investment; trade secret; information gathering; economic growth.;

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