How Private Property Protection Influences the Impact of Intellectual Property Rights on Economic Growth?

Jihong Zhang, Ding Du, Walter G. Park

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Abstract Although policy-makers typically assume a positive relationship between intellectual property rights (IPRs) and economic growth, the empirical evidence on the IPR–growth relationship is rather inconclusive. We conjecture in this paper that the weak IPR–growth evidence in previous studies may be due to a neglect of the role of finance markets and private property rights. Our conjecture is motivated by the recent law-and-finance literature. We test our conjecture with a cross-section of 98 countries and find that once we modify our measure of IPRs to take into account general property rights, there is stronger evidence for a positive relationship between IPRs and economic growth. Our findings not only help explain the IPR-innovation puzzle but also have significant theoretical as well as policy implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalGlobal Economic Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015



  • Intellectual property rights
  • economic growth
  • private property protection
  • quantile regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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