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Author(s): Dekker, Thijs
Vollebergh, Herman R J
de, Vries Frans
Withagen, Cees A
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Title: Inciting protocols
Citation: Dekker T, Vollebergh HRJ, de Vries F & Withagen CA (2010) Inciting protocols. International Forum: Towards Global Agreements on Environmental Protection and Sustainability: Frontiers of Future Economic Research, 13.4.2011 - 15.4.2011, Exeter, UK. Available from:
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2010
Conference Name: International Forum: Towards Global Agreements on Environmental Protection and Sustainability: Frontiers of Future Economic Research
Conference Dates: 2011-04-13T00:00:00Z
Conference Location: Exeter, UK
Abstract: This paper studies patenting decisions by firms in relation to the negotiation and signing of the Helsinki and Oslo protocol as part of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. We use a uniquely constructed patent data set on SO 2 abatement technologies filed in 15 signatory and non-signatory countries in the period 1970-1997. The data distinguish between so-called 'mother' patents, or original inventions, and 'family' patents, which represent the same invention but are patents filed in foreign countries. Our analysis suggests that not only local environmental regulations matter for patenting decisions. International environmental agreements provide incentives for additional inventive activity in and the diffusion of knowledge towards signatory countries by reducing investment uncertainty for inventing firms.
Status: Publisher version (final published refereed version)
Rights: Presented at "Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum 13-15 April 2011" and posted online by the University of Exeter Business school.

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