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24/7 competitive innovation

Quah, Danny (2002) 24/7 competitive innovation. CEP working paper (1218). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK.

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Intellectual property (IP) rights differ from ordinary property rights. Historically, societies have tolerated monopolistic inefficiency from IP protection to incentivize intellectual asset creation. This paper considers how competitive markets can optimally allocate resources, bypassing that monopolistic inefficiency. It departs from earlier related work in three ways: First, it allows economic actions undertaken progressively rapidly as technology advances. Second, it weakens property rights yet further, allowing both consumers and asset holders to make and sell copies. Third, it distinguishes nonrivalry from infinite reproduction. The first departure restores the traditional view that competitive markets fail. The second and third, surprisingly, have competitive markets achieve social efficiency.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2002 London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Economics
LSE Human Rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
K Law > K Law (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O34 - Intellectual Property Rights: National and International Issues
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:27
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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