Understanding Cross-National Trends in High-Tech Renewable Power Equipment Exports to the United States

29 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2011

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Aparna Sawhney

Indian Institute of Management

Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

We track US imports of advanced technology wind and solar power-generation equipment from a panel of countries during 1989-2010, and examine the determining factors including sector-specific US FDI outflow, country size, and domestic wind and solar power generation. Differentiating between the core high-tech and the balance of system equipment, we find US imports of the both categories have grown at significantly higher rate from the relatively poorer countries, particularly China and India. US FDI is found to play a significant positive role in the exports of high-tech equipment from both rich and poor countries, especially for the balance of system equipment. For the core wind and solar equipment, we find domestic renewable power generation played a significant positive role, and the effect is more pronounced for the rich countries as well as China compared to other poor countries.

Suggested Citation

Sawhney, Aparna and Kahn, Matthew E., Understanding Cross-National Trends in High-Tech Renewable Power Equipment Exports to the United States (July 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17217. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1886122

Aparna Sawhney (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Management ( email )

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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