Chu, Angus C. (2009): Effects of Patent Policy on Income and Consumption Inequality in an R&D-Growth Model. Forthcoming in: Southern Economic Journal (April 2010)
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To analyze the effects of patent policy on growth and inequality, this paper develops a quality-ladder model with wealth heterogeneity and elastic labor supply. The model predicts that strengthening patent protection increases (a) growth by stimulating R&D and (b) income inequality by raising the return on assets. Elastic labor supply creates an additional effect on income inequality. As for consumption inequality, the effect is ambiguous and depends on the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. Calibrating the model to US data shows that strengthening patent protection increases income inequality by more than consumption inequality, and this pattern is consistent with the data.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Effects of Patent Policy on Income and Consumption Inequality in an R&D-Growth Model|
|Keywords:||endogenous growth; heterogeneity; income inequality; patent policy|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O41 - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O34 - Intellectual Property Rights
|Depositing User:||Angus C. Chu|
|Date Deposited:||04. Apr 2009 18:11|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 18:03|
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