External sources of clean technology: evidence from the clean development mechanism

Bayer, P. and Urpelainen, J. (2013) External sources of clean technology: evidence from the clean development mechanism. Review of International Organizations, 8(1), pp. 81-109. (doi: 10.1007/s11558-012-9150-0)

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Abstract

New technology is fundamental to sustainable development. However, inventors from industrialized countries often refuse technology transfer because they worry about reverse-engineering. When can clean technology transfer succeed? We develop a formal model of the political economy of North–South technology transfer. According to the model, technology transfer is possible if (1) the technology in focus has limited global commercial potential or (2) the host developing country does not have the capacity to absorb new technologies for commercial use. If both conditions fail, inventors from industrialized countries worry about the adverse competitiveness effects of reverse-engineering, so technology transfer fails. Data analysis of technology transfer in 4,894 projects implemented under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism during the 2004–2010 period provides evidence in support of the model.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper was written during a research stay funded by an ERP fellowship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11558-012-9150-0
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bayer, Dr Patrick
Authors: Bayer, P., and Urpelainen, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Review of International Organizations
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1559-7431
ISSN (Online):1559-744X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
First Published:First published in Review of International Organizations 8(1):81-109
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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