The proposed research centres around the question whether the poor in developing countries derive benefits from the counterfeiting business, either in the production, distribution or consumption of counterfeit items. Poor people may earn a living by manufacturing or selling counterfeit goods. Moreover, the availability of counterfeits in the market might offer low-income consumers the opportunity to satisfy their demand for status goods at a relatively low cost, without having to buy the expensive originals. However, is product counterfeiting in the developing world really a "Robin Hood" activity, i.e. stealing from rich companies in order to benefit the poor, or alternatively, are the middle and high-income groups the main beneficiaries?
|Short title||Product counterfeiting in developing countries|
|Effective start/end date||1/09/99 → 1/09/03|