Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 391–413 | Cite as

Does Foreign Environmental Policy Influence Domestic Innovation? Evidence from the Wind Industry

  • Antoine Dechezleprêtre
  • Matthieu GlachantEmail author


This paper analyses the relative influence of domestic and foreign demand-pull policies in wind power across OECD countries on the rate of innovation in this technology. We use annual wind power generation to capture the stringency of the portfolio of demand-pull policies in place (e.g., guaranteed tariffs, investment and production tax credits), and patent data as an indicator of innovation activity. We find that wind technology improvements respond positively to policies both home and abroad, but the marginal effect of domestic policies is 12 times greater. The influence of foreign polices is reduced by barriers to technology diffusion, in particular lax intellectual property rights. Reducing such barriers therefore constitutes a powerful policy leverage for boosting environmental innovation globally.


Innovation International technology diffusion Renewable energy policy Wind power 

Jel Classification

O31 Q42 Q55 



The authors thank David Popp and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions. We also thank many conference and seminar participants in Toulouse, Paris, Prague, Mannheim, and London. Financial support by the French Council for Energy (CFE) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the EnvironmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.CERNA, MINES ParisTechParisFrance

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