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Intellectual Property Rights, Globalization and Growth


  • Piotr Stryszowski

    (Tilburg University)


This paper presents a model that combines the key features of a Schumpeterian growth model without scale effects and a North-South model of trade. All open economies converge to parallel growth paths because of costly technological transfer. The effects of intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes and trade policies on the growth rate is studied, as well as on a given country's economic performance. The requirement that trade be balanced neutralizes all potential effects of the tariff policy on the world's growth rate, and on the performance of a single country. By contrast, an improvement of a given country's IPR regime is growth neutral, but improves a country's position in the world's productivity rank. These findings are illustrated by simple empirical tests.This paper won first place in the best student paper contest sponsored by IT&FA in 2006. The full paper is scheduled to appear in the December 2006 issue of the Global Economy Journal.

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  • Piotr Stryszowski, 2006. "Intellectual Property Rights, Globalization and Growth," International Trade and Finance Association Conference Papers 1086, International Trade and Finance Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:bep:itfapp:1086

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