Technological Regimes, Patent Growth, and Catching-up in Green Technologies

Industrial and Corporate Change, 2021, 1–24

Bocconi University Management Research Paper

24 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2021

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Nicoletta Corrocher

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Franco Malerba

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Andrea Morrison

Bocconi University; Utrecht University

Date Written: February 16, 2021

Abstract

This article explores how the components of the technological regime affect catching-up and leadership change in green technologies in countries that are leaders and successful latecomers. We look at the extent to which technological opportunity, cumulativeness, originality and complexity of the knowledge base, and the maturity of technology contribute to the growth of patenting in green technologies. We test the relationships using USPTO patent data in green technologies over a 40-year time span (1975–2015), distinguishing two periods (1975–1999 and 2000–2015) and controlling for country-specific variables. Our results show that opportunity, complexity, originality, and maturity of the technology are positively associated with countries’ growth of patenting in green technologies, while cumulativeness has a negative effect, but only in the second period (2000–2015). The stock of knowledge has a positive effect in the first period and a negative effect in the second one. Furthermore, we find confirmation that the process of growth in green patenting has been remarkable in successful latecomer countries (i.e., South Korea, Taiwan, and China).

JEL Classification: O33, Q55

Suggested Citation

Corrocher, Nicoletta and Malerba, Franco and Morrison, Andrea, Technological Regimes, Patent Growth, and Catching-up in Green Technologies (February 16, 2021). Industrial and Corporate Change, 2021, 1–24, Bocconi University Management Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3878922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3878922

Nicoletta Corrocher (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Franco Malerba

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Andrea Morrison

Bocconi University ( email )

Utrecht University ( email )

Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands

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