What Drives the International Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies? Empirical Evidence from Patent Data

35 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2010

See all articles by Antoine Dechezleprêtre

Antoine Dechezleprêtre

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Matthieu Glachant

MINES ParisTech

Yann Ménière

Mines ParisTech

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: February 24, 2010

Abstract

Using patent data from 66 countries for the period 1990–2003, we characterize the factors which promote or hinder the international diffusion of climate-friendly technologies on a global scale. Regression results show that technology-specific capabilities of the recipient countries are determinant factors. In contrast, the general level of education is less important. We also show that restrictions to international trade — e.g., high tariff rates — and lax intellectual property regimes negatively influence the international diffusion of patented knowledge. A counter-intuitive result is that barriers to foreign direct investments can promote transfers. We discuss different possible interpretations.

Keywords: Climate Change, Technology Diffusion, Technology Transfer

JEL Classification: O33, O34, Q54

Suggested Citation

Dechezleprêtre, Antoine and Glachant, Matthieu and Ménière, Yann, What Drives the International Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies? Empirical Evidence from Patent Data (February 24, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 12.2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1558316 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1558316

Antoine Dechezleprêtre

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Matthieu Glachant (Contact Author)

MINES ParisTech ( email )

60, boulevard Saint Michel
75272 Paris cedex 06, 75006
France
+33 1 40 51 9229 (Phone)

Yann Ménière

Mines ParisTech ( email )

60, bd St Michel
Paris, 75006
France

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
154
Abstract Views
991
rank
243,254
PlumX Metrics