The Global Effects of Intellectual Property Rights : Measuring What Cannot Be Seen

  title={The Global Effects of Intellectual Property Rights : Measuring What Cannot Be Seen},
  • Published 2000
Despite the obvious practical importance of the question, economists did not attempt until the 1990s to assess empirically the effects of international variations in the strength of IPRs. Without such evidence, the field lay open to strong claims on both sides of the debate—a situation that remains largely true today. Thus, for example, advocates of global harmonization of strongly protective standards made powerful assertions about the trade-distorting effects of weak and variable IPRs in… CONTINUE READING
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