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400 ans de protection par les brevets. Une contribution de cliométrie comparative


  • Claude Diebolt
  • Karine Pellier


This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of economic growth. It examines, as an original case study, the structural and spatial dynamics of patents in Germany, France, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom. The time series are extracted from a new international, comparative and historical database on the long term evolution of patents in 40 countries from the 17th century to 1945 and in more than 150 countries from 1945 to present (Diebolt and Pellier [2010a]). We found strong proof of infrequent large shocks resulting essentially from the major economic and political events formed by the two World Wars in the twentieth century. Our results question the autonomous process, i.e. the internal dynamic of the patent systems. Wars seem to push innovation and finally the economic growth process itself. Classification JEL : C22, C82, N70, O34

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  • Claude Diebolt & Karine Pellier, 2012. "400 ans de protection par les brevets. Une contribution de cliométrie comparative," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 63(3), pages 611-621.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_633_0611

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    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • N70 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital


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