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Intellectual Property, Tariffs, and International Trade Dynamics

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  • Federico S. Mandelman
  • Andrea L. Waddle

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The emergence of global value chains not only leads to a magnification of trade in intermediate inputs but also to an extensive technology diffusion among the different production units involved in arms-length relationships. In this context, the lack of enforcement of intellectual property rights has recently become a highly controversial subject of debate in the context of the China-U.S. trade negotiations. This paper analyzes the strategic interaction of tariff policies and the enforcement of intellectual property rights within a quantitative general equilibrium framework. Results indicate that, in principle, tariffs could be an effective deterrent for weak protections for intellectual property. Moreover, weakening enforcement may be a strong deterrent for raising tariffs. These results combined indicate that there is scope for international cooperation on these fronts.

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  • Federico S. Mandelman & Andrea L. Waddle, 2019. "Intellectual Property, Tariffs, and International Trade Dynamics," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2019-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2019-10
    DOI: 10.29338/wp2019-10
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    Keywords

    tariffs; intellectual property rights; technology capital transfers; international trade;
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    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions

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