Costly R&D and intellectual property rights protection Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper summarizes some of my product cycle models addressing the role of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection when all forms of R&D, including imitation, are costly. While the settings considered differ, the models all share the feature that a strengthening of IPR protection makes R&D more difficult, and thus causes firms to waste scarce resources 'reinventing the wheel'. Taking the perspective that stronger IPR protection increases the cost of R&D demonstrates how weak IPR protection can aid a country's development by enabling its firms to make efficient use of scarce resources and thus further advance the country's technology frontier.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Glass, A. J.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Glass, AJ

publication date

  • January 2000