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An Economic Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Investments in Vehicle Combustion Engine R&D

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  • Link, Albert N

    () (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

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The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 was legislated in the United States to, among other things, hold Federal agencies accountable for achieving program results, and through systematic program evaluations to improve Congressional decision making. Two technologies funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that are related to improved fuel efficiency in new heavy-duty diesel trucks are studied in this paper—laser diagnostics and optical engine technologies, and combustion modeling. Based on DOE cost data, and benefit data derived from field-based interviews, economic evaluation metrics are calculated. They suggest that DOE’s investments in these two technologies have been socially valuable.

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  • Link, Albert N, 2011. "An Economic Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Investments in Vehicle Combustion Engine R&D," UNCG Economics Working Papers 11-6, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2011_006
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    innovation; program evaluation; social rate of return;

    JEL classification:

    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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