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Quid pro quo and the enforcement of intellectual property rights protection: A bargaining approach


  • Dapeng Cai
  • Jie Li


This article models a North--South negotiation where the North provides a quid pro quo in exchange for the strengthening of the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in the South. We show that when Northern and Southern firms compete on quantity in the Southern market, the South's optimal choice is either complete protection or complete violation, irrespective of different levels of IPR protection being available. We show this to depend on the Southern government's valuation of the quid pro quo and the Northern firm's level of technology.

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  • Dapeng Cai & Jie Li, 2012. "Quid pro quo and the enforcement of intellectual property rights protection: A bargaining approach," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(6), pages 755-772, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:21:y:2012:i:6:p:755-772
    DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2010.534810

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    1. Lei Yang & Yingyi Tsai & Arijit Mukherjee, 2016. "Intellectual Property Rights and the Quality of Transferred Technology in Developing Countries," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(1), pages 239-249, February.

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