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Climate Change Mitigation with Technology Spillovers

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/10/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Environmental and Resource Economics
Issue number2
Volume71
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)507-527
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We explore the implications of an increase in clean technology spillovers between developed and developing countries. We build a game of abatements in which players are linked with technology spillovers determined by an initial choice of absorptive capacities by developing countries. We show that, within a non-cooperative framework, the response of clean technology investments in developed countries to an increase in cross-country technology spillovers is ambiguous. If the marginal benefits of these additional abatements are not sufficiently high, developed countries have a strategic incentive to decrease investments. Such a strategic response jeopardizes the initial effects of an increase in technology spillovers on climate change mitigation and decreases the incentives for developing countries to enhance their absorptive capacities. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-017-0170-3