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Environmental Innovation, War of Attrition and Investment Grants

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  • Michele Moretto

    (University of Brescia)

  • Cesare Dosi

    (University of Padova)

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The paper analyses the timing of spontaneous environmental innovation when second-mover advantages, arising from the expectation of declining investment costs, increase the option value of waiting created by investment irreversibility and uncertainty about private payoffs. We then focus on the design of public subsidies aimed at bridging the gap between the spontaneous time of technological change and the socially desirable one. Under network externalities and incomplete information about firms’ switching costs, auctioning investment grants appears to be a cost-effective way of accelerating pollution abatement, in that it allows targeting grants instead of subsidizing the entire industry indiscriminately.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2004.156.

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Date of creation: Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2004.156

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Keywords: Environmental innovation; Investment irreversibility; Network externalities; Investment grants; Second-price auction;

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  1. Ben Jebli, Mehdi & Ben Youssef, Slim, 2012. "Timing of adoption of clean technologies, transboundary pollution and international trade," MPRA Paper 42467, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Michele Moretto, 2003. "Competition and Irreversible Investments under Uncertainty," Working Papers 2003.32, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Michele Moretto & Paolo Panteghini, 2007. "Preemption, Start-Up Decisions and the Firms’ Capital Structure," CESifo Working Paper Series 2006, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:4:y:2007:i:39:p:1-14 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Du Bois, Rodrigo Salcedo & Macias, Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 2013. "Cooperation makes it happen? Groundwater management in Aguascalientes, Mexico: An experimental approach," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151139, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  6. Massimiliano Mazzanti & Roberto Zoboli, 2006. "Examining the Factors Influencing Environmental Innovations," Working Papers 2006.20, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  7. Ben Youssef, Slim, 2010. "Timing of adoption of clean technologies by regulated monopolies," MPRA Paper 42470, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Sep 2012.

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