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Record number 558486
Title Technology diffusion and climate policy: A network approach and its application to wind energy
Author(s) Halleck Vega, Sol Maria; Mandel, Antoine
Source Ecological Economics 145 (2018). - ISSN 0921-8009 - p. 461 - 471.
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) technology transfer - climate policy - diffusion networks - wind energy
Abstract The role of technology transfer in the mitigation of climate change has been strongly emphasized in the recent policy debate. This paper offers a network-based perspective on the issue. First, we propose a methodology to infer from technology adoption data the network of diffusion and apply it to a detailed dataset on wind energy technologies installed globally since the 1980s. We then perform a statistical analysis of the network. It highlights a relatively inefficient organization, characterized in particular by the weakness of South-South link, which leads to relatively long lags in the diffusion process. Against this background, we characterize optimal transfer/seeding strategies for an agent that aims to introduce a new technology in a developing country in view of further diffusion. Our results suggest in particular that CDM projects have been too concentrated in large emerging economies and that developed countries should put a stronger weight on the positive externalities in terms of technology transfer of cooperating with less prominent developing countries.
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