Diffusion of Green Technology: A Survey

Motu Working Paper No. 14-04

37 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2014

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Corey Allan

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Adam B. Jaffe

Brandeis University; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Isabelle Sin

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Date Written: April 8, 2014

Abstract

This paper surveys the existing literature on diffusion of environmentally beneficial technology. Overall, it confirms many of the lessons of the larger literature on technology diffusion: diffusion often appears slow when viewed from the outside; the flow of information is an important factor in the diffusion process; networks and organisations can matter; behavioural factors such as values and cognitive biases also play a role. With respect to policy instruments, there is some evidence that the flexibility of market-based instruments can have a beneficial impact on technology diffusion, but there are also numerous cases in which regulations have forced the adoption of new technologies. There would be significant benefit to increased investment in studies that look at questions such as the role of information provision, networks and framing issues in households’ and firms’ adoption decisions.

Keywords: Technology diffusion, technology transfer, policy instruments, green technology

JEL Classification: O33, Q55, Q56

Suggested Citation

Allan, Corey and Jaffe, Adam B. and Sin, Isabelle, Diffusion of Green Technology: A Survey (April 8, 2014). Motu Working Paper No. 14-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2422682

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Isabelle Sin

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