Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
The Ratio Institute

No 168: Clearings and Thickets

Robert Cooter () and Aaron Edlin
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Robert Cooter: University of California at Berkeley
Aaron Edlin: University of California at Berkeley

Abstract: Intellectual property law, which includes patents and copyright law, establishes the ownership of innovations by people. It conveys a bundle of rights to creators as determined by rules. Applied to intellectual property law, the normative question of growth economics is, “Which ownership rules maximize innovation?” In order to increase the pace of innovation, ownership rules should increase venture profits. So the question of this essay is, “Which ownership rules maximize venture profits?".

Keywords: Institutions; property rights; intellectual property rights; law and economics

JEL-codes: D02; D23; K11; O31

22 pages, June 27, 2011

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