The Economic Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy: A Review and Implications for Developing Countries

The Economic Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy: A Review and Implications for Developing Countries

Author: 
Fink, Carsten
Publisher: 
World Bank
Date published: 
2016
Responsibility: 
Maskus, Keith E., jt. author
Qian, Yi, jt. author
Journal Title: 
World Bank Research Observer
Source: 
World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 31, Issue 1, February 2016, pp. 1-28
Abstract: 

Policy makers around the world recognize the potentially harmful consequences of trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. Indeed, many countries have recently initiated policy reforms to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). Further, minimum standards of enforcement have been incorporated in many international treaties, especially trade agreements. This emphasis on enforcement raises basic questions about the actual impacts of IP rights infringement, which differ across the types of IPR and economic sectors. We review the academic literature and other studies in the public domain to evaluate what has been learned about these socioeconomic effects, with an emphasis on developing countries where possible. We also identify important gaps in our understanding of the consequences of counterfeiting and piracy and develop recommendations on how governments might collect data and conduct studies to better inform IPR enforcement policy.

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CITATION: Fink, Carsten. The Economic Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy: A Review and Implications for Developing Countries . : World Bank , 2016. World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 31, Issue 1, February 2016, pp. 1-28 - Available at: http://library.au.int/economic-effects-counterfeiting-and-piracy-review-and-implications-developing-countries-0