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What drives the international transfer of climate change mitigation technologies? Empirical evidence from patent data

  • Antoine Dechezlepr�tre
  • Matthieu Glachant
  • Yann M�ni�re

Using patent data from 66 countries for the period 1990�2003, we characterize the factors which promote or hinder the international diffusion of climate-friendly technologies on a global scale. Regression results show that technology-specific capabilities of the recipient countries are determinant factors. In contrast, the general level of education is less important. We also show that restrictions to international trade�e.g., high tariff rates�and lax intellectual property regimes negatively influencethe international diffusion of patented knowledge. A counter-intuitive result is that barriers to foreign direct investments can promote transfers. We discuss different possible interpretations.

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Paper provided by Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in its series GRI Working Papers with number 14.

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