Cognitive Abilities, Democracy and Intellectual Property Rights Protection

  •  Shoirahon Odilova    
  •  Xiaomin Gu    


The goal of this research is to investigate the link between cognitive abilities, as measured by cognitive abilities index and intellectual property rights protection using cross-national data. The findings suggest that cognitive abilities at a national level are significantly related with IPR protection. As expected intellectual capacity is positively and significantly related to the intellectual property rights and explain nearly 23% of cross national differences. In particular, a one standard deviation increase in the cognitive abilities index is associated with slightly less than a half standard deviation rise in IPR index. However, 65% of the effect of cognitive abilities on IPR protection is mediated by the democratic institutions.

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