Reworking the NAFTA: Departures from traditional frameworks
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Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics;49(4): 633-651
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This paper reviews the treatment of intellectual property rights in the North American Free Trade Agreement and considers the welfare-theoretic bases for innovation transfer between member and nonmember states. Specifically, we consider the effects of new technology development from within the union and question whether it is efficient (in a welfare sense) to transfer that new technology to nonmember states. When the new technology contains stochastic components, the important issue of information exchange arises and we consider this question in a simple oligopoly model with Bayesian updating. In this context, it is natural to ask the optimal price at which such information should be transferred. Some simple, natural conjugate examples are used to motivate the key parameters upon which the answer is dependent.