nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2015‒08‒01
five papers chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Innovation and imitation: effects of intellectual property rights in a product-cycle model of skills accumulation By Chen, Hung-Ju
  2. Demographic and Economic Factors Affecting Demand for Brand-Level Milk in Texas By Bingham, David; Dharmasena, Senarath; Capps, Oral, Jr.; Salin, Victoria
  3. Digital piracy and the perception of price fairness By Michal Krawczyk; Anna Kukla-Gryz; Joanna Tyrowicz
  4. Innovation and Marketing Strategies for GI Products: The Case of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese as Ingredient By Mancini, Mariacecilia; Consiglieri, Claudio
  5. The Protection of Geographical Indications in TTIP: a Mission Possible By Serra, Raimondo

  1. By: Chen, Hung-Ju
    Abstract: This paper analyzes the effects of stronger intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in the South on innovation, imitation, the pattern of production and wage inequality based on a North-South product-cycle model with foreign direct investment (FDI) and skills accumulation. This quality-ladder model features innovative R&D in the North and imitative R&D in the South. Two types of innovation are considered: innovation targeting all products and innovation targeting only imitated products. We find that for both types of innovation, strengthening IPR protection reduces the innovation rate and raises the imitation rate. There is also an increase in the proportion of Northern unskilled labor and a decrease in Northern wage inequality. As for the pattern of production, the extent of FDI may decrease while the extent of Northern production may increase.
    Keywords: Imitation; IPR; R&D; Skills; Wage inequality.
    JEL: F12 F23 O31
    Date: 2015–04
  2. By: Bingham, David; Dharmasena, Senarath; Capps, Oral, Jr.; Salin, Victoria
    Abstract: Data from Texas households for year 2008 were used in examining market competitiveness of Promised Land milk (PLM) using tobit procedure. Private label, Poinsettia, and Oak Farms were substitutes to white PLM. Estimated demand elasticities for white PLM and chocolate flavored PLM were -2.33 and -0.54 respectively. Statistically significant drivers of PLM were income, age of shopper, age of children present in the household and race.
    Keywords: Brand-level milk, Texas, tobit model, Nielsen data, Consumer/Household Economics, Demand and Price Analysis, D11, D12,
    Date: 2014–01
  3. By: Michal Krawczyk (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw); Anna Kukla-Gryz (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw); Joanna Tyrowicz (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw; National Bank of Poland)
    Abstract: We focus on the relationship between pricing of cultural goods and willingness to download their unauthorized versions. Building on equity theory we propose that perceiving a price as overly high provides a self-justification for downloading content from unauthorized sources. In a large-scale online experiment on customers of a major e-book store we employ the Bayesian Truth Serum to induce truthful confessions of acquiring content from unauthorized sources. We confirm that self-reported downloading from unauthorized sources is associated with having experienced overpricing. We also relate it to endorsing relatively positive views on the role of file-sharing services and believing that "pirate's" motives are relatively principled, while those of abstainers are rather pragmatic.
    Keywords: inequality, longevity, defined contribution, defined benefit, Gini
    JEL: A13 C93 D12
    Date: 2015
  4. By: Mancini, Mariacecilia; Consiglieri, Claudio
    Keywords: GIs, TTIP, IPRs, Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, Grana Padano PDO, Food Processing, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Industrial Organization, International Relations/Trade, Marketing,
    Date: 2015–04
  5. By: Serra, Raimondo
    Keywords: TTIP, GIs, Trade, IPRs, Legal, Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Institutional and Behavioral Economics, International Relations/Trade, Political Economy, Public Economics,
    Date: 2015–04

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