Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185450
Authors: 
Blackburn, Christopher J.
Flowers, Mallory E.
Matisoff, Daniel C.
Moreno-Cruz, Juan
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7252
Abstract: 
Pilot and demonstration (P&D) projects are commonly deployed to catalyze early adoption of technology, but are poorly understood in terms of mechanism and impact. We conceptually distinguish unique functions of pilots and demonstrations, then examine whether they accelerate green building adoption. To identify effects of P&Ds on adoption, we develop a difference-in-difference-in-differences strategy, exploiting variation in location, technologies, and timing of P&D projects. Results indicate a 12% increase in adoption rates within markets affected by P&D projects. Further analyses examine mechanisms driving this effect. Subsequent results suggest green building demonstration projects create learning externalities, proliferating technology diffusion under certain conditions.
Subjects: 
information spillovers
peer effects
social learning
pilot and demonstration projects
technology adoption
diffusion
policy evaluation
green building
JEL: 
O33
Q55
D83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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