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Innovation and Public Policy in Solar Energy: An Econometric Study Based on Patent Counts
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to examine the differential effects of public policies oninnovations within solar energy technologies. Panel data comprising of 13 countries and31 years (1978-2008) has been employed for this issue. The study has been restricted tosolar photovoltaic (PV) technology and the policies feed-in tariffs (FIT’s), tradablegreen certificates (TGC’s) and public research, development and demonstration(RD&D) expenditures. Since an innovation cannot be measured in itself, patent countswithin solar PV technology have been employed to approximate innovations (the mainidea is to test the patenting effects of policies). The econometric results suggest thatinnovations are dependent on FIT’s, TGC’s and RD&D expenditures. The highestinnovation effects are attributed to TGC’s while RD&D expenditures tend to inducemore innovations than FIT’s. The empirical evidence also suggests that the RD&Dpolicy support induces more innovations when in force simultaneously with a FIT orTGC policy.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Patent, Patentstudie, Innovation, Solenergi, Solenergiteknik, Miljöekonomi, Nationalekonomi, Hicks, Schumpeter, Hickshypotesen, Klimatpolitiska styrmedel, Miljöpolitiska styrmedel, Styrmedel, Inmatningstariffer, FoU-utgifter, Gröna elcertifikat, Ekonometri
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44020Local ID: 1d4c0c46-fb6c-40a3-b7fc-2426bb077dc2OAI: diva2:1017294
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Business and Economics, master's level
Validerat; 20120615 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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