"A landmark publication produced by a distinguished author who continues to lead in a field he helped create and define, this volume offers three essential resources that policy discussions on intellectual property always need but rarely exhibit so abundantly: theoretical precision, a sound empirical footing, and robust common sense."
——Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization
"It is hard to find an area of international commerce in which policy discussions do not touch on questions of intellectual property (IP) protection – whether they concern medicines or music, seeds or solar cells. Few economists have studied these questions as thoroughly as Keith Maskus. This book is a state-of-the art resource for anyone seeking insight into thinking and evidence on international IP matters."
——Carsten Fink, Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization
"Keith Maskus remains essential reading. Twelve years after Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy, this book builds upon more than fifteen years of experience since the inception of the WTO TRIPS Agreement. Lucidly written, it makes available economic analysis and policy suggestions to a wider audience interested in the legal challenges of shaping a proper balance of private rights and public goods. The book makes a critical contribution to the debate."
—Thomas Cottier, Managing Director, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
"In this book, Maskus maps out the landscape of what we know and do not know in this critical policy domain and offers up a useful, balanced, and thought-provoking set of policy recommendations. Not everyone who cares about innovation and technology diffusion in the 21st century global economy will agree with all the recommendations Maskus makes, but even those who disagree will benefit from reading this book."
—Lee Branstetter, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, and former Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers