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The Case against Patents


Michele Boldrin


Washington University in Saint Louis

David K. Levine


Washington University in Saint Louis - Department of Economics; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

September 2012

FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2012-035A

Abstract:     
The case against patents can be summarized briefly: there is no empirical evidence that they serve to increase innovation and productivity. There is strong evidence, instead, that patents have many negative consequences.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: patent, innovation, productivity

JEL Classification: D04, D23, O12, O34

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Date posted: September 18, 2012  

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Boldrin, Michele and Levine, David K., The Case against Patents (September 2012). FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2012-035A. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2148738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2148738

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Michele Boldrin
Washington University in Saint Louis ( email )
Campus Box 1133
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States
David K. Levine (Contact Author)
Washington University in Saint Louis - Department of Economics ( email )
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St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )
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via delle Fontanelle 10
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Italy
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