Bidding for Brains: Intellectual Property Rights and the International Migration of Knowledge Workers
26 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2010
We introduce international mobility of knowledge workers into a model of Nash equilibrium IPR policy choice among countries. We show that governments have incentives to use IPRs in a bidding war for global talent, resulting in Nash equilibrium IPRs that can be too high, rather than too low, from a global welfare perspective. These incentives become stronger as developing countries grow in size and wealth, thus allowing them to prevent the 'poaching' of their 'brains' by larger, wealthier markets.
Keywords: intellectual property rights, development, brain drain, international labor migration
JEL Classification: F22, J6, O34
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