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Effects of international trade and intellectual property rights on innovation in China

Angus Chu (), Haichao Fan, Guobing Shen and Xun Zhang

Journal of Macroeconomics, 2018, vol. 57, issue C, 110-121

Abstract: In this study, we develop an open-economy R&D-based growth model with two intermediate production sectors that use domestic and foreign inputs, respectively. We find that strengthening intellectual property rights (IPR) has a positive effect on innovation in the sector that uses domestic inputs but both positive and negative effects on innovation in the sector that uses foreign inputs. We test and confirm these theoretical results using an empirical analysis of matching samples that combine Chinese provincial IPR data with patent database, industrial enterprises database and customs database of China.

Keywords: Intellectual property rights; Imports; Knowledge spillovers; Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F43 O31 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2018.05.003

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