FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2002 .026

Environmental Policy and Technological Change


Authors: Robert N. Stavins, Richard G. Newell, Adam B. Jaffe
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
JEL: Environmental and Resource Economics

Abstract

The relationship between technological change and environmental policy has received increasing attention from scholars and policy makers alike over the past ten years. This is partly because the environmental impacts of social activity are significantly affected by technological change, and partly because environmental policy interventions themselves create new constraints and incentives that affect the process of technological developments. Our central purpose in this article is to provide environmental economists with a useful guide to research on technological change and the analytical tools that can be used to explore further the interaction between technology and the environment. In Part 1 of the article, we provide an overview of analytical frameworks for investigating the economics of technological change, highlighting key issues for the researcher. In Part 2, we turn our attention to theoretical analysis of the effects of environmental policy on technological change, and in Part 3, we focus on issues related to the empirical analysis of technology innovation and diffusion. Finally, we conclude in Part 4 with some additional suggestions for research.

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