The Informal Economy, Innovation and Intellectual Property: Concepts, Metrics and Policy Considerations

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Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Kun Fu

Imperial College

Sacha A. Wunsch-Vincent

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

In this working paper, the authors connect concepts, definitions and data regarding the informal economy, innovation, and intellectual property in order to establish a framework for further qualitative and quantitative research and the improvement of public policies in respect of these issues.

First, the authors review the literature defining the informal economy, and present an original synthesis of statistical data regarding the informal economy’s social and economic significance. Second, the authors apply established and emerging concepts of innovation to the context of informal systems. Third, the authors discuss a spectrum of appropriation mechanisms, ranging from formal intellectual property rights to informal mechanisms of knowledge protection, sharing and exchange. Fourth and finally, the authors review existing policy approaches toward innovation in the formal economy, and establish a framework to consider future scenarios for the application of intellectual property concepts in this context.

Keywords: informal economy, innovation, intellectual property

JEL Classification: E26, O12, O17, O3

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Fu, Kun and Wunsch-Vincent, Sacha A., The Informal Economy, Innovation and Intellectual Property: Concepts, Metrics and Policy Considerations (July 2013). World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Economic Research Working Paper Series No. 10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4437231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4437231

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Kun Fu

Imperial College ( email )

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London, Greater London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Sacha A. Wunsch-Vincent

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ( email )

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Geneva 20, CH-1211
Switzerland

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