Technological Change During the Energy Transition
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-108/VIII
34 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 18, 2014
The energy transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources has important consequences for technological change and resource extraction. We examine these consequences by incorporating a non-renewable resource and an alternative energy source in a market economy model of endogenous growth through expanding varieties. During the energy transition, technological progress is non-monotonic over time: it declines initially, starts increasing when the economy approaches the regime shift, and jumps down once the resource stock is exhausted. A moment of peak-oil does no longer necessarily occur, and simultaneous use of the resource and the alternative energy source will take place if the return to innovation becomes too low.
Keywords: alternative energy sources, endogenous growth, energy transition, non-renewable resources, technological change
JEL Classification: O30, Q32, Q42, Q56
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