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

Dechezlepretre, Antoine, Glachant, Matthieu and Ménière, Yann (2013) What drives the international transfer of climate change mitigation technologies?: empirical evidence from patent data. Environmental and Resource Economics, 54 (2). pp. 161-178. ISSN 0924-6460

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Abstract

Technology transfer plays a key role in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this paper, we characterize the factors that promote or hinder the international diffusion of climate-friendly technologies using detailed patent data from 96 countries for the period 1995-2007. The data provide strong evidence that lax Intellectual Property regimes have a strong and negative impact on the international diffusion of patented knowledge. Restrictions on international trade and foreign direct investment also hinder the diffusion of climate-friendly technologies. Surprisingly, local technological capabilities tend to discourage transfers. While broad indicators of technology capabilities are expected to facilitate transfers, this latter result stems from our technology-specific definition of local capabilities, which makes it possible to capture a substitution effect between local and foreign inventions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/0924-6460/
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T201 Patents. Trademarks
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O34 - Intellectual Property Rights: National and International Issues
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q54 - Climate; Natural Disasters
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 14:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45544/

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