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Chaopeng Wu

Xia Men University
China

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September 2016Intellectual Property Rights Protection, Ownership, and Innovation: Evidence from China
with Lily Fang, Josh Lerner: w22685
Using a difference-in-difference approach, we study how intellectual property right (IPR) protection affects innovation in China in the years around the privatizations of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Innovation increases after SOE privatizations, and this increase is larger in cities with strong IPR protection. Our results support theoretical arguments that IPR protection strengthens firms’ incentives to innovate and that private sector firms are more sensitive to IPR protection than SOEs.
 
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