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Adopt or Innovate: Understanding technological responses to cap-and-trade

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  • Calel, Rapael (Georgetown University)
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  • Abstract

    One important motivation for creating cap-and-trade programs for carbon emissions is the expectation that they will stimulate much-needed low-carbon innovation. I construct a new panel of British firms to investigate this hypothesis, finding that the European carbon market has encouraged greater low-carbon patenting and R&D spending among regulated firms, without necessarily driving short-term reductions in carbon intensity of output. This stands in contrast to past cap-and-trade programs, which have primarily spurred adoption of existing pollution control technologies, with little effect on innovation. I discuss how to reconcile these contrasting findings and implications for the future of carbon markets.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2000-01-01 / 2012-12-31
    Time Period: Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2000--Mon Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2012
Geographic Coverage
  • United Kingdom
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/E111981V1
  • Calel, Raphael. “Adopt or Innovate: Understanding Technological Responses to Cap-and-Trade.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2020-07-23 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-23

Calel, Rapael (2020): Adopt or Innovate: Understanding technological responses to cap-and-trade. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.