Energy, the environment, and technological change

David Popp, Richard G. Newell, Adam B. Jaffe

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Within the field of environmental economics, the role of technological change has received much attention. The long-term nature of many environmental problems, such as climate change, makes understanding the evolution of technology an important part of projecting future impacts. Moreover, in many cases, environmental problems cannot be addressed, or can only be addressed at great cost, using existing technologies. Providing incentives to develop new environmentally friendly technologies then becomes a focus of environmental policy. This chapter reviews the literature on technological change and the environment. Our goals are to introduce technological change economists to how the lessons of the economics of technological change have been applied in the field of environmental economics, and suggest ways in which scholars of technological change could contribute to the field of environmental economics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Economics of Innovation
Number of pages65
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameHandbook of the Economics of Innovation
ISSN (Print)2210-8807


  • Climate change
  • Diffusion
  • Energy efficiency
  • Induced innovation
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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