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Software piracy and scientific publications: knowledge economy evidence from Africa

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This paper is an extension of the debate on the nexus between the strength of IPRs and prospects for knowledge economy. It assesses the relationships between software piracy and scientific publications in African countries for which data is available. The findings which reveal a positive nexus are broadly consistent with the school of thought postulating that, the East Asian miracle has been largely due to weaker IPRs regimes at the early stages of development. As a policy implication, less stringent IPRs regimes on scientific-related software (at least in the short-run) will substantially boost contributions to and dissemination of knowledge through scientific and technical publications in Africa. IPRs laws (treaties) on scientific-oriented software should be strengthened in tandem with progress in: scientific and technical publications and; knowledge spillovers essential for economic growth and development. More policy implications are discussed.

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  • Asongu Simplice, 2014. "Software piracy and scientific publications: knowledge economy evidence from Africa," Working Papers 14/018, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    1. Simplice A. Asongu & Oasis Kodila†Tedika, 2017. "Is Poverty in the African DNA (Gene)?," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 85(4), pages 533-552, December.
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    3. Asongu, Simplice & Tchamyou, Vanessa, 2015. "Foreign aid, education and lifelong learning in Africa," MPRA Paper 70240, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Simplice Asongu & Vanessa Tchamyou, 2015. "The Impact of Entrepreneurship on Knowledge Economy in Africa," Working Papers 15/044, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    7. Kodila-Tedika, Oasis & Asongu, Simplice & Azia-Dimbu, Florentin, 2015. "Statistics and IQ in Developing Countries: A Note," MPRA Paper 68323, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    13. Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu & Matthias Cinyabuguma, 2016. "The White Man’s Burden: On the Effect of African Resistance to European Domination," Working Papers 16/016, African Governance and Development Institute..
    14. Simplice Asongu & Jacinta C. Nwachukwu, 2016. "Unjust Enrichment from Official Corruption in Africa: Theory and Model on how Lenders have benefited," Working Papers 16/034, African Governance and Development Institute..
    15. Oasis Kodila†Tedika & Simplice A. Asongu, 2018. "Does Intelligence Affect Economic Diversification?," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 19(1), pages 74-93, February.
    16. Asongu, Simplice & Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, 2016. "Determinants of Property Rights Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa," MPRA Paper 76587, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2016.
    17. Simplice Asongu & Jacinta C. Nwachukwu, 2016. "Reconciliation of the Washington Consensus with the Beijing Model in Africa," Working Papers 16/011, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    Keywords

    Publications; Piracy; Intellectual property rights; Governance; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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