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Intellectual Property Rights and the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship

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  • Zoltan J. Acs
  • Mark Sanders

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We develop a model in which stronger protection of intellectual property rights has an inverted U-shaped effect on innovation. Intellectual property rights protection allows the incumbent firms to capture part of the rents of commercial exploration that would otherwise accrue to the entrepreneurs. Stronger patent protection will increase the incentive to do R&D and generate new knowledge. This has a positive impact on entrepreneurship and innovation. However, after some point, further strengthening patent protection will reduce the returns to entrepreneurship sufficiently to reduce overall economic growth.

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Paper provided by Utrecht School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-23.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:0823

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Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights; Endogenous Growth; Entrepreneurship; Incentives; Knowledge Spillovers; Rents;

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  1. Elsa de Morais Sarmento & Alcina Nunes, 2011. "Criação de empresas em Portugal e Espanha: análise comparativa com base nos dados do Banco Mundial," GEE Papers 0036, Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia e da Inovação, revised May 2011.
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  3. Acs, Zoltan & Audrestch, David & Braunerhjelm, Pontus & Carlsson, Bo, 2007. "The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 77, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
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