Counterfeiters as Foes or Friends ? – Sales Implications of Counterfeiting

  title={Counterfeiters as Foes or Friends ? – Sales Implications of Counterfeiting},
  author={Yi Qian},
This paper uses a natural experiment to estimate the differential impacts of counterfeiting on the sales of branded products of various quality levels under weak intellectual property rights. I collect new productline level panel data from Chinese shoe companies from 19932004. Exploiting the discontinuity of government enforcement efforts for the footwear sector in 1995 and the differences in authentic companies’ relationships with the government, I identify heterogeneous effects of counterfeit… CONTINUE READING