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Renewable Energy Policies And Technological Innovation: Evidence Based On Patent Counts

Nick Johnstone, Ivan Hascic, David Popp

NBER Working Paper No. 13760
Issued in January 2008
NBER Program(s):   EEE   PR

This paper examines the effect of environmental policies on technological innovation in the specific case of renewable energy. The analysis is conducted using patent data on a panel of 25 countries over the period 1978-2003. It is found that public policy plays a significant role in determining patent applications. Different types of policy instruments are effective for different renewable energy sources.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w13760

Published: Nick Johnstone & Ivan Haščič & David Popp, 2010. "Renewable Energy Policies and Technological Innovation: Evidence Based on Patent Counts," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 45(1), pages 133-155, January. citation courtesy of

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