Dietrich, Antje-Mareike and Sieg, Gernot (2011): Welfare effects of subsidizing a dead-end network of less polluting vehicles.
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This article shows that in the presence of environmental externalities, it may be welfare enhancing to overcome a technological lock-in by a dead- end technology through governmental intervention. It is socially desirable to subsidize a dead-end technology if its environmental externality is small relative to the one of the established technology, if the installed base and/or the strength of the network effect is small and if future generations matter. Applying our results to the private transport sector, governments promoting alternatives to gasoline-driven vehicles have to be aware of these opposing welfare effects.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Welfare effects of subsidizing a dead-end network of less polluting vehicles|
|Keywords:||environmental externalities; network effects; private transport; technological change|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L92 - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q55 - Technological Innovation
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
|Depositing User:||Gernot Sieg|
|Date Deposited:||28. Sep 2011 17:37|
|Last Modified:||20. Feb 2013 11:52|
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