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Firm Heterogeneity and Weak Intellectual Property Rights, Stanley Watt

In weak intellectual property rights (IPR) environments, the imitation of proprietary technology by domestic firms has become a deterrent for foreign investment. Different multinationals may view this deterrent differently. This paper develops a model where firms with more technology are less likely to invest in weak IPR environments. If imitation is costly, the model predicts that multinationals with the lowest level and highest level of technology will invest in weak IPR environments, and multinationals with a moderate level of technology will invest only in strong IPR environments. Empirical analysis with firm level data is consistent with this non-monotonicity result
Table Of Contents
Table of Contents; I. Introduction; II. Model; A. Setup; B. Firm Decision; C. Cost to Imitating; III. Data Description; IV. Empirical Results; A. Extensive Margin; B. Intensive Margin; C. Within Industry; V. Robustness; A. Identification; B. Alternative Estimation; VI. Policy Implications and Conclusion; Appendix; A. List of Countries with Weak IPR; B. List of Countries with Strong IPR; C. Proofs of Propositions; D. Three Country Model; Figures; 1; 2; Tables; 1. Extensive Margin; 2. Technology Classification; 3. Industry by Industry Regressions; 4. Market Size Classifications
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non fiction
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