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A comparative study of energy saving technical progress in a vintage capital model

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  • PEREZ-BARAHONA, Agustin
  • ZOU, Benteng

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We analyzed the hypothesis about the effectiveness of energy saving technologies to reduce the trade-off between economic growth and energy preservation. In a general equilibrium vintage capital model with embodied energy saving technical progress, we show that the success of energy saving technologies is questionable in a scenario of deceasing energy supply. Only constant returns to scale, with constant energy suply, yields long run growth.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number -1841.

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  1. Theophile Azomahou & Raouf Boucekkine & Phu Nguyen-Van, 2011. "Vintage capital and the diffusion of clean technologies," Working Papers halshs-00599092, HAL.
  2. Pierre-André Jouvet & Ingmar Schumacher, 2011. "Learning-by-doing and the Costs of a Backstop for Energy Transition and Sustainability," Working Papers hal-00637960, HAL.
  3. Théophile T. Azomahou & Raouf Boucekkine & Phu Nguyen-Vanc, 2009. "Promoting clean technologies under imperfect competition," Working Papers 2009_06, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
  4. Hritonenko, Natali & Yatsenko, Yuri, 2012. "Energy substitutability and modernization of energy-consuming technologies," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 1548-1556.
  5. Agustin, PEREZ BARAHONA, 2007. "Capital Accumulation and Non-Renewable Energy Resources : a Special Functions Case," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2007008, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.

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