Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/72326
Authors: 
Naghavi, Alireza
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 03/13
Abstract: 
I analyze the welfare implications of protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) in developing countries through its impact on innovation, market structure, and technology transfer. FDI, tariffs, and joint ventures (JV) are introduced to the strategic IPR literature. In a North-South trade environment, the South sets the IPR policy strategically by anticipating the Northern firm’s R&D expenditure and multinationalization decision. A stringent IPR policy is always chosen in order to motivate technology transfer through FDI, which in turn improves welfare. JVs bring in more profits for the Southern firm, but FDI is the optimal form of transfer in terms of welfare.
Subjects: 
intellectual property rights
technology transfer
multinational firms
joint ventures
North-South trade
JEL: 
O34
F23
F13
L13
O32
L11
O38
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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