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Intellectual Property Rights and Foreign Direct Investment: The Role of Industry and Host-Country Characteristics

  • Peter Nunnenkamp
  • Julius Spatz

This paper aims at overcoming several shortcomings of previous empirical studies on the relationship between IPR protection and FDI. First, FDI is analyzed on a sectorally and regionally disaggregated level. Second, we address the proposition that stronger IPR protection raises not only the quantity, but also the quality of FDI. Third, we check to which extent the relationship between IPR protection and FDI is affected by applying alternative measures of IPR protection. Our empirical findings support the hypothesis that the threat of an unauthorized use of intellectual-property-related assets and, thus, FDI depends on industry as well as host-country characteristics. Furthermore, stronger IPR protection tends to induce high-quality FDI.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1167.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1167
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