Why Do Countries Export Fakes?

The Role of Governance Frameworks, Enforcement and Socio-economic Factors

Published on June 26, 2018


This study provides an in-depth exploration of a series of factors that can explain a country’s propensity to export fake goods. The analysis explores the role and interplay of macroeconomic factors, governance variables, and the presence of Free Trade Zones, logistics facilities and trade facilitation. In addition, it analyses the role corrruption and enforcement of IP play in facilitating trade in counterfeit products, and provides data on these links.


Executive summary
Introduction. Trade in fakes: what do we know so far?
Key drivers of trade in fakes
Conclusions and next steps
Additional tables
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