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The clean development mechanism and technology transfer to China

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  • Daniela Marconi

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    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Francesca Sanna-Randaccio

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    (Sapienza University of Rome)

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In this study we analyse the role of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) established by the Kyoto Protocol in channelling foreign technology to China. The descriptive analysis investigates the sources and the determinants of foreign technology transfer based on the examination of 1,355 registered projects. As key features, we show the prominence of German firms as technology providers and the absence of a strong relationship between technology suppliers and credit buyers. We also discuss the role of leading Chinese and foreign consultants and of major credit buyers. The econometric analysis finds that project size and cost, project location, credit buyers’ and consultants’ characteristics, as well as technology diffusion are all relevant factors in determining the probability of having a foreign supplier of technology in the respective project.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) with number 129.

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Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_129_12

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Keywords: Technology transfer; CDM; climate change; China; FDI;

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  1. Francesca Sanna-Randaccio & Roberta Sestini & Ornella Tarola, 2014. "Unilateral Climate Policy and Foreign Direct Investment with Firm and Country Heterogeneity," Working Papers 2014.55, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Matthias Weitzel & Wan-Hsin Liu & Andrea Vaona, 2013. "Determinants of Technology Transfer through CDM: the Case of China," Kiel Working Papers 1889, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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