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A Schumpeterian Model of Wage Inequality and Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

Carmelo Parello () and Luca Spinesi ()

Rivista di Politica Economica, 2005, vol. 95, issue 5, 151-176

Abstract: This paper addresses the concern of whether the determinants of patent infringement and declaratory judgement suits may affect both long-term economic performance and wage inequality. In doing so, we construct a quality-ladder R&D-based endogenous growth model, in which the institutional setting for patent protection directly impacts the long-run private incentive to conduct R&D as well as to invest in human capital. We find that both the institutional setting and the Court's behaviour exacerbate wage inequality, while the steady-state effects on R&D effort and long-run growth are mixed.

JEL-codes: F10 F12 L16 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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