Macroeconomic Theory of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Nikolaus Thumm
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to provide more evidence on the welfare and innovative effects of expanding the geographic breadth of intellectual property rights. The issue has been of particular interest on a global level for the resolution on trade related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPs) during the GATT Uruguay round (1986–93). There, it was the conflict of interests between industrialised first world and developing third world countries that gave impetus for an extensive worldwide debate. Economic theory has dealt with this difficulty by studying two country models and reducing it to a North-South conflict. However, the issue is a more general one and also arises when studying harmonisation of intellectual property rights within the European Union and for the transition process in Central and Eastern European Countries.

Keywords

Europe Income Expense Argentina Nigeria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaus Thumm
    • 1
  1. 1.European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective, Technological StudiesW.T.C.SevillaSpain

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