Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade of Agricultural Products


  • LEM Papers Series


  • This paper studies the effect of strengthening intellectual property rights (IPRs) after the signing of the TRIPS on agricultural trade, for the period 1995-2011. It uses data of agricultural exports and a new yearly index of intellectual property (IP) protection, for 60 developed and developing countries. Also, the paper studies bilateral trade links and the intensive and extensive margins of trade using a gravity model. The estimates show that stronger IPRs systems affect negatively total exports and imports of agricultural products, especially for developing countries. At a more disaggregated level, we found heterogeneous results depending on the sub-sectors, but the correlation is negative for most of them.

fecha de publicación

  • 2014-08

Líneas de investigación

  • Agriculture
  • Gravity Model
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Intensive Margin
  • International Trade


  • 2014/12