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Environmental regulation and the cross-border diffusion of new technology: evidence from automobile patents

Dechezlepretre, Antoine, Neumayer, Eric and Perkins, Richard (2015) Environmental regulation and the cross-border diffusion of new technology: evidence from automobile patents. Research Policy, 44 (1). pp. 244-257. ISSN 0048-7333

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.07.017

Abstract

We examine the impact of environmental regulation on the international diffusion of new technology through the patent system. We employ a dataset of automobile emission standards between 1992 and 2007 and corresponding data on cross-border patent inflows of technologies developed to comply with these standards. Our analysis, based on a research design of country pair years, shows it is “regulatory distance” between countries rather than absolute regulatory stringency per se that matters for cross-border patent inflows: the flow of compliance technologies rises when regulatory standards in the inventor and the recipient countries become “closer”.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/research-policy
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q53 - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q55 - Technological Innovation
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 14:54
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 01:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59645

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