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Bidding for brains: Intellectual property rights and the international migration of knowledge workers

  • McAusland, Carol
  • Kuhn, Peter

We introduce international mobility of knowledge workers into a model of Nash equilibrium IPR policy choice among countries. We show that governments have incentives to use IPRs in a bidding war for global talent, resulting in Nash equilibrium IPRs that can be too high, rather than too low, from a global welfare perspective. These incentives become stronger as developing countries grow in size and wealth, thus allowing them to prevent the 'poaching' of their 'brains' by larger, wealthier markets.

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Volume (Year): 95 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 77-87

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