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Will Domestic Imitative Threats Influence High-Tech Imports? Evidence from Taiwan

Wen-Hsien Liu and Hui-Fang Liang
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Hui-Fang Liang: Institute of International Economics, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Journal of Economics and Management, 2016, vol. 12, issue 1, 37-60

Abstract: In contrast to existing empirical studies focusing on the relationship of foreign patent rights protection and exports, this paper investigates how a country's high-tech importation is influenced by domestic imitative threats. Using a panel data of four high-tech industries in 1989-2003 and the augmented gravity model, we conclude that reducing imitative threat increased Taiwan's importation of high-tech products.

Keywords: gravity model; high-tech industry; intellectual property rights; patent rights; trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 L63 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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