DP3317 Matching Demand and Supply in a Weightless Economy: Market-Driven Creativity With and Without IPRs
|Publication Date:||April 2002|
|Keyword(s):||cultural good, finitely expansible, innovation, intellectual asset, intellectual property, internet, IP valuation, IPR, knowledge product, MP3, non-rival, software|
|JEL(s):||D90, O14, O30|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3317|
Many cultural products have the same non-rival nature as scientific knowledge. They therefore face identical difficulties in creation and dissemination. One traditional view says market failure is endemic ? societies tolerate monopolistic inefficiency in intellectual property (IP) protection to incentivize the creation and distribution of intellectual assets. This Paper examines that trade-off in dynamic, representative agent general equilibrium, and characterizes socially efficient creativity. Markets for intellectual assets protected by IP rights can produce too much or too little innovation.