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An Inquiry Into the Rationale for Economic Espionage


  • Merrill Whitney
  • James Gaisford


Economic espionage can yield desirable strategic effects as well as cost savings for firms in a spying country. The spying country will typically gain even though counter-espionage operations will often be conducted by target countries. When two producing countries spy on each other, it is possible that both will be better off because of the technology transfer which is implicit in espionage. Economic espionage is generally beneficial to consumers. [F12, O031]

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  • Merrill Whitney & James Gaisford, 1999. "An Inquiry Into the Rationale for Economic Espionage," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 103-123.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:intecj:v:13:y:1999:i:2:p:103-123 DOI: 10.1080/10168739900000040

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    1. D. Thorleuchter & D. Van Den Poel, 2012. "Protecting Research and Technology from Espionage," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 12/824, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. Barrachina, Alex & Tauman, Yair & Urbano, Amparo, 2014. "Entry and espionage with noisy signals," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 127-146.

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