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TRIPs, trade and growth: When comparative advantages break down

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  • de Souza, Eduardo Correia
  • Batista, Jorge Chami

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In this paper we combine a model of Ricardian comparative advantages as in Dornbusch et al. (1977) with Grossman and Helpman's (1991) quality ladder model and derive the consequences of asymmetric IPRs protection for the pattern of trade and the world rate of growth through innovation. Our analysis differs from that already made by Taylor (1994) in that final goods and research technologies do not go exactly along together, so the impossibility of doing licensing under asymmetric protection will here bring forth an infringement of comparative advantages which we call “the invasion effect”.

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  • de Souza, Eduardo Correia & Batista, Jorge Chami, 2011. "TRIPs, trade and growth: When comparative advantages break down," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 327-341.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:22:y:2011:i:4:p:327-341
    DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2011.07.002
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    Keywords

    Ricardian trade; Endogenous growth; Quality ladder; Intellectual property rights; Licensing;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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