Green technology adoption in response to environmental policies [electronic resource]
- Bryan Kent Bollinger.
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- ["New technologies are crucial in dealing with the problem of air and water pollution, which is an increasingly important issue with serious health and environmental consequences. However, adoption of environmentally friendly technologies can be slow if the new technologies are not superior in terms of the firms' private incentives, if firms have long equipment replacement cycles, or if firms do not have sufficient information to evaluate whether or not a switch to a green technology is in their private interests. To evaluate these potential explanations and the policies designed to address them, I use an importance sampling technique with simulated maximum likelihood estimation to estimate two separate dynamic, durable good replacement models with entry and exit for garment cleaning firms in southern California, where alternative cleaning technologies have seen only limited adoption to date. The first model is a single-agent model, whereas the second model allows firms' profits to depend on the states of their competitors. I utilize a unique data set comprised of equipment permitting information, grant recipient lists, and product demonstration attendance lists, and I control for and exploit changing legislation to estimate the effect of fees and incentives on green equipment purchases, as well as the effect of the product demonstrations. The single-agent models are used to perform counterfactual analyses to compare the predicted adoption and entry/exit decisions by firms under different regulatory regimes. While the models are tailored to the garment cleaning industry, it can be adapted to other applications involving the diffusion of technologies in regulated industries."]
- Publication date
- Submitted to the Graduate School of Business.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2011.
- Related Work
- Stanford University. Graduate School of Business Dissertation. 2011.
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