Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104763
Authors: 
Gnangnon, Kimm
Moser, Constance Besse
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2014-19
Abstract: 
We examine in this paper the impact of the tightening of IPRs, notably patents rights, and the adoption of utility model laws on export diversification. To perform our analysis, we used panel data covering 89 developing and developed countries (of which 55 developing countries) over the period 1975 - 2003, and Lewbel (2012)'s instrumental variable technique. Our results lead us to conclude that for developing countries, legal protection for minor and adaptive inventions could be a springboard for further strengthening of IPRs protection in spurring export diversification, which is essential for the structural change needed for their economic development.
Subjects: 
Intellectual Property Rights
Utility Model Laws
Export Diversification
Lewbel Instrumental Variable Technique
JEL: 
F14
O24
O34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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