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The Role of the Intellectual Property Rights Regime for Foreign Investors in Post-Socialist Economies

Benedikt Schnellbächer and Johannes Stephan

No 4/2009, IWH Discussion Papers from Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

Abstract: We integrate international business theory on foreign direct investment (FDI) with institutional theory on intellectual property rights (IPR) to explain characteristics and behaviour of foreign investment subsidiaries in Central East Europe, a region with an IPR regimegap visàvis West European countries. We start from the premise that FDI may play a crucial role for technological catchup development in Central East Europe via technology and knowledge transfer. By use of a unique dataset generated at the IWH in collaboration with a European consortium in the framework of an EUproject, we assess the role played by the IPR regimes in a selection of CEE countries as a factor for corporate governance and control of foreign invested subsidiaries, for their own technological activity, their trade relationships, and networking partners for technological activity. As a specific novelty to the literature, we assess the influence of the strength of IPR regimes on corporate control of subsidiaries and conclude that IPRsensitive foreign investments tend to have lower functional autonomy, tend to cooperate more intensively within their transnational network and yet are still technologically more active than less IPRsensitive subsidiaries. In terms of economic policy, this leads to the conclusion that the FDI will have a larger developmental impact if the IPR regime in the host economy is sufficiently strict.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Intellectual Property Rights; Technology Transfer; Corporate Governance and Control; R&D and Innovation; ausländische Direktinvestitionen; intellektuelle Eigentumsrechte; Technologietransfer; Corporate Governance; Forschung und Entwicklung; Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 F23 O31 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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