Avec qui commercez-vous? Innovation défensive et la tendance à la qualification du travail

Translated title of the contribution: With whom do you trade?: Defensive innovation and the skill-bias

Pushan Dutt, Daniel Traça

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We examine whether increased trade with countries with ineffective protection of intellectual property has contributed to the skill-deepening of the 1980s. We construct an index of effective protection of intellectual property at the country level, combining data on protection of patents and rule of law. Next, we construct an industry-specific version of this index, using as weights each country's trade share in the total trade of the industry. We find a decline in this trade-weighted index, owing to a rise in trade with countries with low effective protection of intellectual property, which explains 29% of the rise in within-industry skill-intensity.

Translated title of the contributionWith whom do you trade?: Defensive innovation and the skill-bias
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1198-1220
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


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