Environmental regulation and technology transfers

Takao Asano, Noriaki Matsushima

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This paper analyzes the situation in which a national government introduces environmental regulations. Within the framework of an international duopoly with environmental regulations, an environmental tax imposed by the government in the home country can induce a foreign firm with advanced abatement technology to license it to a domestic firm without this technology. Furthermore, when the domestic firm's production technology is less efficient than that of the foreign firm, the foreign firm may freely reveal its technology to the domestic firm. These improvements through the voluntary transfer of technology imply that environmental regulations have positive impacts on innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-904
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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