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A Welfare Analysis of Global Patent Protection in a Model with Endogenous Innovation and Foreign Direct Investment

Hitoshi Tanaka (), Tatsuro Iwaisako () and Koichi Futagami ()
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Hitoshi Tanaka: Faculty of Economics, Hokkai Gaku-en University

No 09-24, Discussion Papers in Economics and Business from Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: This paper constructs a North-South quality ladder model in which foreign direct investment (FDI) is determined by the endogenous location choice of firms and examines analytically how strengthening patent protection in the South affects welfare in the South. Strengthening patent protection increases the South fs welfare by enhancing innovation and FDI, but also allows the firms with patents to charge higher prices for their goods, which decreases welfare. However, the model shows that the former positive welfare effect overcomes the latter negative one, and introducing the strictest form of patent protection in the South, that is, harmonizing patent protection in the South with that in the North, may maximize welfare in the South as well as in the North.

Keywords: foreign direct investment; innovation; intellectual property rights protection; welfare analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F43 O33 O34 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2009-08
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