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Energy Saving Technological Progress in a Vintage Capital Model

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  • Agustin, PEREZ-BARAHONA

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

  • Benteng, ZOU

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

Abstract

Fossil fuel is an essential input throughout all modern economies. The reduced availability of this basic input to production, and the stabilization of greenhouse gases concentration - which requires reductions in fossil fuel energy use - would have a negative impact in GDP and economic growth through cutbacks in energy use. However, this trade-off between energy reduction and growth could be less severe if energy conservation is raised by ernergy saving technologies. Here we study this hypothesis and, in particular, the effect of tax over the energy expenditure of firms as a way to promote investments in energy saving technologies. To this we consider a general equilibrium model with embodied and exogenous energy saving technological progress in a vintage capital framework, where the scrapping rule is endogenous and linear simplifications are eliminated.

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  • Agustin, PEREZ-BARAHONA & Benteng, ZOU, 2003. "Energy Saving Technological Progress in a Vintage Capital Model," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2003026, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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    1. Yuan, Chaoqing & Liu, Sifeng & Wu, Junlong, 2009. "Research on energy-saving effect of technological progress based on Cobb-Douglas production function," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(8), pages 2842-2846, August.
    2. Perez-Barahona, Agustin & Zou, Benteng, 2006. "A comparative study of energy saving technical progress in a vintage capital model," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 181-191, May.

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    Keywords

    Environment; Nonrenewable resources; Eneregy; Energy saving;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy

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