Impact of domestic energy-efficiency policies on foreign innovation:The case of lighting technologies

Kim, Yeong Jae and Brown, Marilyn (2019) Impact of domestic energy-efficiency policies on foreign innovation:The case of lighting technologies. Energy Policy, 128. pp. 539-552. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

Fostering the global development of low-carbon technology is crucial to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This paper analyzes the effect of energy-efficiency policies on lighting patenting between 1992 and 2007, using data for 19 OECD countries. We examine levels of energy-efficiency RD&D expenditures (representing a technology-push approach) and the stringency of energy-efficiency performance standards (representing a demand-pull approach). We find strong correlational evidence that both domestic demand-pull and technology-push policies positively affect domestic lighting patenting. We also provide strong correlational evidence that the demand-pull policy positively affects foreign lighting patenting; however, the technology-push policy does not. These findings suggest that demand-pull policies can help to transform international markets for low-carbon technology innovation, and they underscore the importance of the often-overlooked international dimension of domestic energy-efficiency policies. To the extent that our findings are generalizable, our research suggests that governance processes that strengthen energy performance standards and steady investment in RD&D could spur energy innovation in industrialized nations across the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economics of innovation,international technology diffusion,negative binomial model,o33,q54,q55,energy(all),management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2100
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 01:05
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70572
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.01.032

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