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Intelligence and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: The Global Evidence

Shoirahon Odilova and Gu Xiaomin


This study explores the relationship between the average intelligence in countries and the protection of intellectual property rights, using data for 127 developing and developed countries for the year 2016. The results provide significant support for the conjecture that intelligence is positively associated with intellectual property protection. For example, a 10 points increase in national IQ leads to a 0.8 points increase in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) index, slightly more than half a standard deviation.

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