Does legal system matter for directed technical change? Evidence from the auto industry
Per Fredriksson () and
Applied Economics Letters, 2017, vol. 24, issue 15, 1080-1083
Does the effect of fuel taxes on clean innovations (e.g. hybrid technology) depend on the legal system’s rigidity? Using 1986–2005 data from more than 1900 firms, evidence suggests that auto-industry firms located in civil law (with more rigid laws) countries increase clean technology patenting more than common law (with more flexible laws) firms when the tax-inclusive fuel price rises. A rigid legal system appears to raise clean technology innovation.
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