Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85757
Authors: 
Verhoef, Erik
Nijkamp, Peter
Year of Publication: 
1997
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 97-077/3
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the adoption of energy-efficiency enhancing technologies by heterogeneous firms. The fact that energy use does not only cause external environmental costs through pollution, but also directly affects the profitability of the firm and hence its behaviour on input and output markets is taken for granted. It is demonstrated that the consideration of such market processes may have important implications for the efficiency of environmental policies concerned with energy use. The analysis focuses in particular on the efficiency of the market-led adoption and diffusion process under variouspolicy regimes. It is shown that the promotion of energy-efficiency enhancing technologies might have unexpected effects in that it could lead to an increase in energy use, while the use of energy taxes might actually reduce the attractiveness of energy-saving technologies.
Subjects: 
environmental regulation
energy
adoption of technologies
heterogeneous firms
externalities
JEL: 
D62
Q48
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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