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Growth and Intellectual Property

  • Michele Boldrin
  • David K. Levine

Intellectual property (IP) protection involves a trade-off between the undesirability of monopoly and the desirable encouragement of creation and innovation. Optimal policy depends on the quantitative strength of these two forces. We give a quantitative assessment of current IP policies. We focus particularly on the scale of the market, showing that as it increases, due either to growth or to the expansion of trade, IP protection should be reduced.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12769.

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