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Title: Innovation, the diesel engine and vehicle markets: Evidence from OECD engine patents
Authors: Bonilla, D
Bishop, JDK
Axon, CJ
Banister, D
Keywords: Corporate R&D performance;Economics of innovation;Fuel Efficiency;Vehicle engines
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 2014, 27 pp. 51 - 58
Abstract: This paper uses a patent data set to identify factors fostering innovation of diesel engines between 1974 and 2010 in the OECD region. The propensity of engine producers to innovate grew by 1.9 standard deviations after the expansion of the car market, by 0.7 standard deviations following a shift in the EU fuel economy standard, and by 0.23 standard deviations. The propensity to develop emissions control techniques was positively influenced by pollution control laws introduced in Japan, in the US, and in the EU, but not with the expansion of the car market. Furthermore, a decline in loan rates stimulated the propensity to develop emissions control techniques, which were simultaneously crowded out by increases in publicly-funded transport research and development. Innovation activities in engine efficiency are explained by market size, loan rates and by (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) diesel prices, inclusive of taxes. Price effects on innovation, outweigh that of the US corporate average fuel economy standards. Innovation is also positively influenced by past transport research and development. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: S1361920913001624
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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