Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89606
Authors: 
Vollebergh, Herman R. J.
van der Werf, Edwin
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 74.2013
Abstract: 
This paper aims to help policy makers identify how standards can contribute to the effective and cost-efficient development and deployment of eco-innovations (innovations that result in a reduction of environmental impact). To that end we discuss what standards are, how the process of standardization works, and how standards are related to induced innovation and diffusion in different type of markets, e.g. markets for add-on technologies versus markets for integrated resource- or emission-saving technologies. This broad perspective enables us to identify interesting economic dimensions of standards, such as their contribution to positive network externalities, and the extent to which they are substitutes or complements to environmental policy instruments. Finally we discuss how governments might contribute to eco-innovation by selecting, stimulating or creating (inter)national standards.
Subjects: 
Standards
Technological Change
Eco-innovation
Environmental Policy Instruments
JEL: 
Q38
Q55
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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