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Max H. Boisot, Ian C. MacMillan, and Kyeong Seok Han

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.001.0001

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Property Rights and Information Flows: A Simulation Approach

Property Rights and Information Flows: A Simulation Approach

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(p.171) 6 Property Rights and Information Flows: A Simulation Approach
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Explorations in Information Space
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Max H. Boisot (Contributor Webpage)

Ian C. MacMillan (Contributor Webpage)

Kyeong Seok Han

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.003.0007

With the growth of the information economy, the proportion of knowledge-intensive goods to total goods is constantly increasing. Lawrence Lessig has argued that IPRs have now become too favourable to existing producers and that their ‘winner-take-all’ characteristics are constraining the creators of tomorrow. This chapter looks at how variations in IPRs regimes might affect the creation and social cost of new knowledge in economic systems. Drawing on a conceptual framework, the Information Space or I-Space, to explore how the uncontrollable diffusibility of knowledge relates to its degree of structure, this chapter deploys an agent-based modelling approach to the issue of IPRs. It takes the ability to control the diffusibility of knowledge as a proxy measure for an ability to establish property rights in such knowledge. Second, it takes the rate of obsolescence of knowledge as a proxy measure for the degree of turbulence induced by different regimes of technical change. Then, it simulates the quantity and cost to society of new knowledge under different property right regimes.

Keywords:   Lawrence Lessig, agent-based simulation, knowledge management, intellectual property rights, evolutionary modelling

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