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Intellectual property rights as development determinants

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  • Theo S. Eicher
  • Monique Newiak

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While intellectual property rights (IPRs) are the key drivers of economic performance in R&D based growth models, they have not been fully explored in empirical development studies. We introduce IPRs to this literature, using Two-Stage Least Squares Bayesian Model Averaging to address endogeneity and model uncertainty at the instrument and income stages. We show that IPRs exert effects similar to `Rule of Law' and therefore provide robust evidence that both physical and intellectual property rights are crucial development determinants. We document that unenforced IPRs exert no effect on development. Instead, it is the level of enforced IPRs that causes development.

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  • Theo S. Eicher & Monique Newiak, 2013. "Intellectual property rights as development determinants," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 46(1), pages 4-22, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:46:y:2013:i:1:p:4-22
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    1. Bharat Diwakar & Gilad Sorek & Michael Stern, 2017. "Patents and Growth in OLG Economy with Physical Capital," Auburn Economics Working Paper Series auwp2017-06, Department of Economics, Auburn University.
    2. Bharat Diwakar & Gilad Sorek, 2015. "Economic Development and Stage-Dependent IPR," Auburn Economics Working Paper Series auwp2015-16, Department of Economics, Auburn University.
    3. Antonio Della Malva & Enrico Santarelli, 2016. "Intellectual property rights, distance to the frontier, and R&D: evidence from microdata," Eurasian Business Review, Springer;Eurasia Business and Economics Society, vol. 6(1), pages 1-24, April.
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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General

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