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Climate change mitigation with technology spillovers

Foucart, Renaud; Garsous, Grégoire


Renaud Foucart

Grégoire Garsous


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.


Foucart, R., & Garsous, G. (2018). Climate change mitigation with technology spillovers. Environmental and Resource Economics, 71(2), (507–527). doi:10.1007/s10640-017-0170-3. ISSN 0924-6460

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2017
Publication Date 2018-10
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2018
Journal Environmental and Resource Economics
Print ISSN 0924-6460
Electronic ISSN 1573-1502
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Issue 2
Pages 507–527
Keywords Climate change; Cross-country spillovers; Abatements; Technology investments
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