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Data and Code for: Industrial Espionage and Productivity

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, observational data, other, text
  • Glitz, Albrecht (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, IPEG and Barcelona GSE)
  • Meyersson, Erik (Handelsbanken Capital Markets)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Espionage; Productivity; R&D; Technology Diffusion
  • Abstract

    In this paper, we investigate the economic returns to industrial espionage. We show that the flow of information provided by East German informants in the West over the period 1970-1989 led to a significant narrowing of sectoral TFP gaps between West and East Germany. These economic returns were primarily driven by relatively few high-quality pieces of information and particularly large in sectors closer to the West German technological frontier. Our findings suggest that the East-to-West German TFP ratio would have been 13.3 percent lower at the end of the Cold War had East Germany not engaged in industrial espionage in the West.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970-01-01 / 1989-12-31
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1970--Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
  • Glitz, Albrecht, and Erik Meyersson. “Industrial Espionage and Productivity.” American Economic Review, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2020-03-23 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-03-23

Glitz, Albrecht; Meyersson, Erik (2019): Data and Code for: Industrial Espionage and Productivity. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.