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Jacques OLIVIER and Ai-Ting GOH
Free trade and protection of intellectual property rights : can we have one without the other?
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the interaction between trade
policies and the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). In
particular, it investigates the welfare implications of an international
agreement on one or both policy instruments. The main insights are first,
that both sets of policies are substitutes and second, that they are
affected by the same Prisoner's Dilemma problem. As a consequence, an
agreement in both policy instruments is needed to achieve any positive
welfare gains, which supports the long standing claim of policy makers from
developed countries that protection of IPRs should be included in
multilateral trade agreements.
Keywords: trade policy; intellectual property rights; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F13; O34; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, April 1, 2001
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