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What drives the international transfer of climate change mitigation technologies?: empirical evidence from patent data

Dechezlepretre, Antoine and Glachant, Matthieu and Meniere, Yann (2009) What drives the international transfer of climate change mitigation technologies?: empirical evidence from patent data. Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, 14. Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK.

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Abstract

Using patent data from 66 countries for the period 1990–2003, we characterize the factors which promote or hinder the international diffusion of climate-friendly technologies on a global scale. Regression results show that technology-specific capabilities of the recipient countries are determinant factors. In contrast, the general level of education is less important. We also show that restrictions to international trade—e.g., high tariff rates—and lax intellectual property regimes negatively influence the international diffusion of patented knowledge. A counter-intuitive result is that barriers to foreign direct investments can promote transfers. We discuss different possible interpretations.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/Home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 12:52
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2012 11:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/37617

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