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Green Technology, Research Joint Ventures and Emissions Taxation?

Joanna Poyago-Theotoky and Stuart McDonald ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Harry Clarke

No 2012.06, Working Papers from School of Economics, La Trobe University

Abstract: This paper performs a comparison of two well known approaches for modelling R&D spillovers associated with investment in green technology, namely D?Aspremont-Jacquemin and Kamien-Muller-Zang. We show that there is little qualitative difference between the models in terms of total surplus delivered when selecting the optimal tax regime when there is pre-commitment under cooperative R&D regimes. However, under non-cooperative regimes there is marked difference, with the model of Kamien-Muller-Zang leading to higher taxation rates when firms share information. Furthermore, we argue that the Kamien-Muller-Zang model is of questionable validity when modelling R&D on emissions reducing technology due to counter intuitive results showing a positive relationship between R&D spillovers and emissions taxes.

Keywords: Green Technology; Research Joint Ventures; Optimal Emissions Taxation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 L11 Q55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2012
Note: ISSN-1837-2198
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