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Why Do Southern Countries Have Little Incentive to Protect Northern Intellectual Property Rights?

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Instead of focusing on the conflict of interests between North and South, the author studies the conflict of interests among southern countries and provides an alternative answer to the question: why do southern countries have little incentive to protect northern intellectual property rights? Owing to the incentive of each southern country to free-ride on other southern countries with respect to providing protection, the overall protection they provide is not sufficient. Therefore, a new source of mutual gains exists among southern countries and also between North and South. A joint effort of southern countries is required to exploit these gains.

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  • Yong Yang, 1998. "Why Do Southern Countries Have Little Incentive to Protect Northern Intellectual Property Rights?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 800-816, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:4:p:800-816
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    1. Perrin, Richard K., 1999. "Intellectual property rights and developing country agriculture," Agricultural Economics of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 21(3), December.
    2. Jeong-Eon Kim & Harvey E. Lapan, 2008. "Heterogeneity of southern countries and southern intellectual property rights policy," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 41(3), pages 894-925, August.
    3. OLIVIER, Jacques & GOH, Ai-Ting, 2001. "Free trade and protection of intellectual property rights : can we have one without the other?," Les Cahiers de Recherche 730, HEC Paris.
    4. Kim, Jeong-Eon, 2003. "Three essays on welfare implications of R&D policies in the presence of spillovers," ISU General Staff Papers 200301010800001597, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    5. Kim, Jeong Eon & Lapan, Harvey E., 2004. "Welfare Effects of Intellectual Property Rights Under Asymmetric Spillovers," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12206, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    6. Chen, Yongmin & Puttitanun, Thitima, 2005. "Intellectual property rights and innovation in developing countries," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 474-493, December.
    7. Anna-Maria Aksan, 2013. "Appropriate Health R&D and Intellectual Property Rights Reform in Developing Countries," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 80(319), pages 475-495, July.
    8. Bagchi, Aniruddha & Roy, Abhra, 2011. "Endogenous R&D and Intellectual Property Laws in Developed and Emerging Economies," MPRA Paper 31822, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Bhan, Aditya & Kabiraj, Tarun, 2014. "Incentives for product and process innovations: a case for the drug industry," MPRA Paper 61030, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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