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Technology innovation and diffusion in “less than ideal” climate policies: An assessment with the WITCH model

  • Enrica Cian


  • Valentina Bosetti
  • Massimo Tavoni

This paper examines the dynamics of innovation in low-carbon energy technologies distinguishing between research and development and technology diffusion as a response to alternative climate policies. We assess the implications of second-best policies that depart from the assumption of immediate and global participation and of full technology availability. The analysis highlights the heterogeneous effects of climate policy on different energy R&D programs and discusses the contribution of important determinants such as carbon price and policy stringency, policy credibility, policy and technological spillovers and absorptive capacity. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Climatic Change.

Volume (Year): 114 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 121-143

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