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What Drives the International Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies? Empirical Evidence from Patent Data

Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Matthieu Glachant () and Yann Ménière ()

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2013, vol. 54, issue 2, 161-178

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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

Keywords: Climate change; Technology diffusion; Technology transfer; O33; O34; Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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