FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2005 .090

Energy Biased Technical Change: A CGE Analysis

Authors: Vincent M. Otto, Andreas Löschel, Rob Dellink
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Computable general-equilibrium models,Endogenous technical change,Energy,Environment
JEL n.: O32,O33,O38,H23,D58
JEL: Resource and Energy Economics
Pages: Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp.137-158
Date: 05/2007


This paper studies energy bias in technical change. For this purpose, we develop a computable general equilibrium model that builds on endogenous growth models. The model explicitly captures links between energy, the rate and direction of technical change, and the economy. We derive the equilibrium determinants of biased technical change and show the importance of feedback in technical change, substitution possibilities between final goods, and general-equilibrium effects for the equilibrium bias. If the feedback effect is strong, or the substitution elasticity large, or both, our model tends to a corner solution in which only technologies are developed that are appropriate for production of non-energy intensive goods.

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