Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers is Economics Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and is Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. His research interests include empirical analysis of economic growth, innovation and productivity, with a specific focus on the role of knowledge and intellectual property. He recently published a book entitled Knowledge, Technological Catch-up and Economic Growth and completed a research project on intangible assets in the service sector. Prior to academia, he worked for an international bank and also started two small businesses.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The Economics of Copyright

The copyright industries—such as music, film, software and publishing—occupy a significant and growing share of economic activity. Current copyright law protects the creator for up to 70 years after their death, significantly longer than patent protection (20 years after invention). Copyright law aims to balance the incentive to create new work against the costs associated with high prices and restricted access to this work. This paper reviews the economic issues behind copyright and how these are challenged by changes in technology and market structure. While economics provides a powerful conceptual framework for understanding the trade-offs involved, the paper argues that our empirical knowledge base is very weak. Much more empirical analysis is needed to understand the impacts of changes to copyright legislation. Without such analysis, policy and legal debates will continue to be based largely on anecdote and rhetoric.

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