Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155103
Authors: 
Dosi, Cesare
Moretto, Michele
Year of Publication: 
2000
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 49. 2000
Abstract: 
Spontaneous adoption of cleaner technologies can be slowed down by various sources of inertia. Investment irreversibility, uncertainty about the actual private benefits, and the expectation of declining adoption costs due to the diffusion of environmental innovation, may involve a timing of technological migration incompatible with avoidance of excessive pollutant accumulation. In this paper we examine the implications of the sources of inertia on the design of public incentives aimed at accelerating abandonment of polluting technologies when the policy-maker faces incomplete information about the private switching costs.
Subjects: 
Environmental policy
technological change
irreversibility
network externalities
public incentives
JEL: 
Q28
O38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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