Using Intellectual Property Data to Measure Cross-border Knowledge Flows
40 Pages Posted: 14 May 2019
Date Written: March 2019
This paper surveys the landscape of empirical studies on cross-border trade in knowledge that use IPRs data. Based on a thorough search of the literature, we identify and categorize the types and uses of IPRs data. Our discussion critically evaluates whether these data support the empirical findings in the studies by identifying where IPRs data are particularly useful and where these data have limitations. The final section of the paper discusses the potential value of making greater use of IPRs assignment data. The goal is to provide a reference to help policymakers evaluate the trade in knowledge literature, particularly the interpretation of IPRs-based evidence for policy decisions.
Keywords: intellectual property, measurement, technology transfer, international knowledge flows
JEL Classification: O31, O32, O33, O34
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