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KDEC 9070 - The Economics of IP and Development

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Good understanding of the intellectual property system. Prior understanding of basic economics is a plus, but not required.

Course Description

Building on the previous lectures, this short course explores the links between intellectual property and development. It is complemented by a study visit to the World Intellectual Property Organization and other International Organisations in Geneva. Learning objectives: - To understand the complex linkages between the protection of intellectual property rights and development, based on the economic literature; - To obtain a clear idea on the global distribution of intellectual property rights and related developments (including at the country level); - To grasp the current diplomacy surrounding intellectual property and economic development. Instructor's biography: Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent is Senior Economic Officer in the new Economic and Statistics Division of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). From 2003 to 2010 he was an economist at the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate (DSTI) of the OECD in Paris. He holds a Master of International Economics (MERIT, University of Maastricht) and a PhD in Economics (University of St. Gallen). He teaches international economics at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris), the World Trade and the World Bank Institute.


WUNSCH-VINCENT, Sacha (Senior Economic Officer, WIPO)

Pedagogical format

Teaching modules of the instructor with interactive discussion ; presentations of students in groups. Four groups of 4-5 students will be responsible for presenting country case studies. The presentation will have three main components: a very short overview of the development stage and the economy of the respective country (5 minutes), a presentation of the current use of IP in that country (based on WIPO and national data, and respective IP policies (5 minutes) and a discussion of the linkages between IP and development based on available reports and the economic literature; all specific to that respective country, but while having the other countries to be presented in mind.

Course validation

Participation orale et présentation.

Required reading

  • WIPO (2010), World IP Indicators, 2010
  • OECD (2010), Innovation and the Development Agenda, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris)
  • Chapter 5 : Maskus, K. (2000), Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy, Institute for International Economics (Washington, D.C.)
  • UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on IPRs and Sustainable Development (2004), Encouraging International Technology Transfer,
  • Wunsch-Vincent, S., The Economic Argument for a Patent System: A Modern Development Perspective, PDF

Additional required reading

  • Executive Summary and chapter 4, UNIDO (2005), The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Technology Transfer and Economic Growth: Theory and Evidence, Vienna,
  • Fink, C. & Maskus, K.E. (2005), Intellectual Property and Development: Lessons from Recent Economic Research, The World Bank/Oxford University,
  • WIPO (2009), The Economics of Intellectual Property: Suggestions for Further Research in Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition, Geneva: WIPO,
  • World Bank, Global Economic Prospects (2008): Technology Diffusion in the Developing World,