When an Importer's Protection of IPR Interacts with an Exporter's Level of Technology: Comparing the Impacts on the Exports of the North and South

World Economy, 2015, Forthcoming

44 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2015 Last revised: 15 Apr 2015

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Wonkyu Shin

Soongsil University - Department of Global Commerce

Keun Lee

Seoul National University - School of Economics

Walter G. Park

American University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 1, 2014

Abstract

Using bilateral trade data of countries from 2000 to 2007, this paper contributes to the empirical literature on the role of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in global trade. The existing literature has focused on how IPRs in the destination country affect exports from a source country. In this paper, we add an additional dimension: the level of technology of the exporting country (LT). This is quite important for distinguishing the impact of IPRs on the exports of developed and developing countries, since the technology levels vary across countries at different stages of development and intellectual property rights better protect exports that are technologically advanced than exports that are imitative and potentially infringing. By factoring in the level of technology (LT), our empirical analysis makes the case that IPRs can act as barrier to exports from the South, especially the rapidly catching-up economies.

Keywords: Bilateral Trade; Patenting; Intellectual Property Rights; Technological catch-up; Innovative capacity

JEL Classification: F10; F13; O19; O31; O34

Suggested Citation

Shin, Wonkyu and Lee, Keun and Park, Walter G., When an Importer's Protection of IPR Interacts with an Exporter's Level of Technology: Comparing the Impacts on the Exports of the North and South (May 1, 2014). World Economy, 2015, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594197

Wonkyu Shin (Contact Author)

Soongsil University - Department of Global Commerce ( email )

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Keun Lee

Seoul National University - School of Economics ( email )

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Seoul 151-742
Korea

Walter G. Park

American University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016-8029
United States

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