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To What Extent Should Less-Developed Countries Enforce Intellectual Property Rights?

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This paper discusses a number of issues in the context of the debate on intellectual property in less developed countries (LDCs). It starts by discussing the consequences of IP enforcement in LDCs for global innovation and welfare in poorer countries. It then considers the costs and benefits of IP enforcement for a small, open LDC, abstracting from global issues. Finally, it discusses the potential merits of an industrial policy based on open-source software. The analysis suggests that the view that it is best for LDCs to free ride on the global IP regime is overblown.

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  • Gilles Saint-Paul, 2005. "To What Extent Should Less-Developed Countries Enforce Intellectual Property Rights?," World Economics, World Economics, 1 Ivory Square, Plantation Wharf, London, United Kingdom, SW11 3UE, vol. 6(3), pages 175-196, July.
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    1. Saint-Paul, Gilles, 2008. "Welfare Effects of Intellectual Property in a North-South Model of Endogenous Growth with Comparative Advantage," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), vol. 2, pages 1-24.

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