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Foreign patent rights and high-tech exports: evidence from Taiwan

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  • Wen-Hsien Liu
  • Ya-Chi Lin

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This paper conducts a consecutive pooled data analysis from 1989 to 2000 to investigate the relationship between foreign patent rights (FPRs) and the exports of three high-tech industries in Taiwan: the semiconductor, the information and the communication equipment industries. Following Smith's model setup, empirical results indicate that both market expansion and market power effects do exist in Taiwan's case. In addition, this paper proposes a new hypothesis in which the importing country may exhibit a stronger R&D ability than the exporting country, a case that has not been considered in earlier empirical work. Finally, a test is made to determine if a TRIPS (Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights) agreement has any impact on the FPRs-exports relationship, and no evidence is found of a structural change after the implementation of TRIPS.

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  • Wen-Hsien Liu & Ya-Chi Lin, 2005. "Foreign patent rights and high-tech exports: evidence from Taiwan," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(13), pages 1543-1555.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:37:y:2005:i:13:p:1543-1555
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500173155
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