Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. David Brown

Second Advisor

Dr. Lucy P. Chester

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Sokhey


This thesis examines intellectual property right regulations as a contributor to the economic dependency of Latin American countries such as Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Peru, and Venezuela on the United States. This paper examines levels of economic development in terms of power disparity in the international system as explanations for economic dependence, and examines intellectual property right regulations as a measure that has future implications in adjusting this imbalance of development. The empirical evidence indicates that as IPR regulations increase economic dependence also increases. The conclusion of this paper touches on a few policy implications and a discussion on positive and negative effects of possible solutions to decrease economic dependence in countries in Latin America through IPR policy changes.