, Volume 94, Issue 3, pp 1021–1036 | Cite as

Innovation and production in the global solar photovoltaic industry

  • Show-Ling Jang
  • Li-Ju Chen
  • Jennifer H. Chen
  • Yu-Chieh Chiu


The global development of solar photovoltaic power is seen as a potentially major technology in the pursuit of alternative energy sources. Given its evolutionary nature, in terms of both technology and the market, there is some discernible divergence between the innovative capability and production capacity of certain countries. We set out in the present study to explore this issue by examining the productive and innovative performance of six countries covering the period from 1996 to 2006. Our empirical analyses, at both country level and firm level, provide a strong indication that such tendency of incongruence possibly comes as a result of differences in the business strategies adopted by the various countries, as well as the extent of their technological advantage.


Solar photovoltaic (PV) market Production Patent Innovation 



The authors appreciate the financial supports from both Taiwan’s National Science Council under grant numbers NSC99-2410-H-002-044-MY2 and NSC 100-2628-H-343-001-MY2 and Center for China Studies, National Taiwan University. We also thanks for the assistance from Che-Jung Hsu, Ran-Hsin Shaw, Chungyi Hsu, and Yi-chen Wang.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Show-Ling Jang
    • 1
  • Li-Ju Chen
    • 2
  • Jennifer H. Chen
    • 3
  • Yu-Chieh Chiu
    • 1
  1. 1.The Department of Economics, School of Social SciencesNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.The Department of Economics, College of BusinessFeng Chia UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.The Department of NPO ManagementNanhua UniversityChiayiTaiwan

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