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When does elastic labor supply cause an inverted-U effect of patents on innovation?

  • Chu, Angus C.
  • Pan, Shiyuan
  • Sun, Minjuan

This study analyzes how patent protection affects innovation in an R&D-based growth model with elastic labor supply. We find that increasing patent breadth may generate an inverted-U effect on innovation depending on whether the model features the knowledge-driven or lab-equipment innovation process. This result highlights an important interaction between elastic labor supply and the innovation process through which patent protection has an inverted-U effect as documented in recent empirical studies.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 211-213

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