Economists Must Be Careful in Their Use of IMPLAN to Analyze Public Interest Issues in Section 337 Cases
Recent Section 337 cases before the International Trade Commission (ITC) have made use of an input-output model known as IMPLAN to measure the putative effects on the US economy that might result from banning the importation of infringing products. Applying such models in this context may provide misleading results, since they fail to account for how the US economy might dynamically respond in light of an order banning the importation of infringing products.
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