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Patent-based Estimation Procedure of Private R&D: The Case of Climate Change and Mitigation Technologies in Europe

Francesco Pasimeni, Alessandro Fiorini and Aliki Georgakaki
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Aliki Georgakaki: European Commission, JRC , Directorate C7, Knowledge for Energy Union, PO Box 2, NL-1755 ZG Petten, Netherlands

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Abstract: Information on R&D expenditure of the private sector is very limited, both in term of availability and data quality, especially when interest focuses on Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs). This has an impact on the robustness of quantitative analyses, and, consequently, on the insights deriving from them. This paper proposes a methodology to estimate R&D expenditure in firms simultaneously active in multiple technology sectors, with the focus on those contributing to the development of CCMTs. The methodological approach is applied to measure how the private sector invests in R&D dedicated to CCMTs, and how this differentiates among European countries. Further the paper proposes metrics to analyse the geographical distribution of the R&D expenditures in Multinational Corporations (MNCs) across subsidiaries located in Europe. Early findings are formulated into useful insights for stakeholders and policy makers.

Keywords: R&D; Patent; Invention; Climate change mitigation technologies; Energy sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C81 O32 O34 O38 Q48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-eur, nep-ino, nep-ipr and nep-tid
Date: 2018-01
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