Effects of Environmental Policy on the Type of Innovation: The Case of Automotive Emissions Control Technologies

OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Vol. 2009, No. 1, p. 49-66

26 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009 Last revised: 20 Dec 2013

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Ivan Hascic

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Frans P. de Vries

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nick Johnstone

International Energy Agency - Energy Statistics Division

Neelakshi Medhi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper uses patent data to assess policy factors (domestic and international) for patenting activity in automotive emission control technologies. Particular attention is paid to the role of different policy types and fuel prices on both post-combustion and integrated abatement technologies. The results confirm that fuel prices have played a role in the development of integrated strategies, while regulatory standards have been more important with respect to post-combustion technologies. In addition, integrated abatement strategies are more closely linked to general determinants of innovation than is the case for post-combustion technologies. This has implications for the design of policies which encourage innovations with both private and public benefits.

Keywords: Automotive Emissions, Environmental Policy, Energy Prices, Patents, Innovation, Technological Change

JEL Classification: O34, O38, Q55, Q58

Suggested Citation

Haščič, Ivan and de Vries, Frans P. and Johnstone, Nick and Medhi, Neelakshi, Effects of Environmental Policy on the Type of Innovation: The Case of Automotive Emissions Control Technologies (December 1, 2008). OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Vol. 2009, No. 1, p. 49-66, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1523781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1523781

Ivan Haščič (Contact Author)

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Frans P. De Vries

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Nick Johnstone

International Energy Agency - Energy Statistics Division ( email )

United States

Neelakshi Medhi

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