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Title: To What Extent Should Less-Developed Countries Enforce Intellectual Property?

Author(s): Gilles Saint-Paul

Publication Date: October 2004

Keyword(s): comparative advantage, growth, innovation, intellectual property and piracy

Programme Area(s): International Macroeconomics

Abstract: This Paper discusses a number of issues in the context of the debate on intellectual property in less developed countries (LDCs). It starts by discussing the consequences of IP enforcement in LDCs for global innovation and welfare in poorer countries. It then considers the costs and benefits of IP enforcement for a small, open LDC, abstracting from global issues. Finally, it discusses the protential merits of an industrial policy based on open source software. The analysis suggests that the view that it is best for LDCs to free-ride on the global IP regime is overblown.

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Saint-Paul, G. 2004. 'To What Extent Should Less-Developed Countries Enforce Intellectual Property?'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.