Derek Lemoine (University of Arizona)

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 3:40pm to 5:00pm
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Derek LemoineLocation: 368A Heady Hall

Description: Derek Lemoine
"Innovation-Led Transitions in Energy Supply"

Abstract: I generalize a benchmark model of directed technical change in order to reconcile it with the historical experience of energy transitions. I show that the economy becomes increasingly locked-in to the dominant sector when machines and energy resources are substitutes, but a transition away from the dominant sector is possible when machines and energy resources are complements. Consistent with history, a transition in research activity leads any transition in resource supply. A calibrated numerical implementation shows that innovation is critical for climate change policy. A policymaker uses a U-shaped emission tax trajectory so as to immediately transition innovation away from the fossil sector, wait for clean technology to improve, and then hasten a transition in resource supply later in the century.

Contact Person: Ivan Rudik