Localized Innovation, Localized Diffusion and the Environment: An Analysis of CO2 Emission Reductions by Passenger Cars, 2000-2007

Los, Bart and Verspagen, Bart (2008). Localized Innovation, Localized Diffusion and the Environment: An Analysis of CO2 Emission Reductions by Passenger Cars, 2000-2007. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Los, Bart
    Verspagen, Bart
    Title Localized Innovation, Localized Diffusion and the Environment: An Analysis of CO2 Emission Reductions by Passenger Cars, 2000-2007
    Publication Date 2008
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract We investigate technological change with regard to CO2 emissions by passenger cars, using a Free Disposal Hull methodology to estimate technological frontiers. We have a sample of cars available in the UK market in the period 2000 – 2007. Our results show that the rates of technological change (frontier movement) and diffusion (distance to frontier at the car brand level) differ substantial between segments of the car market. We conclude that successful policies should be aimed at diffusion of best-practice technology, and take account of the different potential for further progress between different segments of the market (e.g., diesel and gasoline engines, and small vs. large engines).
    Keyword CO2 emissions
    Technological change
    Diffusion of innovations
    JEL Q55
    O31
    O33
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2008
    ISSN 1871-9872
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