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Environmental regulation, technological diversity, and the dynamics of technological change

Krysiak, Frank Christian. (2011) Environmental regulation, technological diversity, and the dynamics of technological change. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 35, No. 4. pp. 528-544.

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Abstract

Inducing technological progress is an important objective of environmental regulation. We investigate under which conditions regulation-induced technological progress pursues the best technological option. We analyze a setting with vertical and horizontal technological progress, cost uncertainty, time-limited patent protection, and a case that is typical for some emissi4on-intensive industries, like electricity generation or the chemical industry. Under taxes and standards, only the current least-cost technology is used and developed, implying a lock-in into a possibly inferior technology. Tradable permits yield slower progress but can facilitate the simultaneous development of technologies, rendering lock-ins less likely.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Umweltökonomie (Krysiak)
UniBasel Contributors:Krysiak, Frank Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:North-Holland
ISSN:0165-1889
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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