nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2014‒03‒30
three papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la Republica

  1. Threshold Effects in Self-Enforcing International Environmental Agreements By Renaud Foucart; Grégoire Garsous
  2. Wine and Climate Change By Ashenfelter, Orley; Storchmann, Karl
  3. Energy efficiency determinants: an empirical analysis of Spanish innovative firms By María Teresa Costa; José García-Quevedo; Agustí Segarra

  1. By: Renaud Foucart; Grégoire Garsous
    Keywords: climate change; self-enforcing international agreements; threshold effects
    JEL: Q54 C72
    Date: 2013–10
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/150173&r=res
  2. By: Ashenfelter, Orley; Storchmann, Karl
    Abstract: In this article we provide an overview of the extensive literature on the impact of weather and climate on grapes and wine with the goal of describing how climate change is likely to affect their production. We start by discussing the physical impact of weather on vine phenology, berry composition and yields, and then survey the economic literature measuring the effects of temperature on wine quality, prices, costs and profits and how climate change will affect these. We also describe what has been learned so far about possible adaptation strategies for grape growers that would allow them to mitigate the economic effects of climate change. We conclude that climate change is likely to produce winners and losers, with the winners being those closer to the North and South Poles. There are also likely to be some substantial short run costs as growers adapt to climate change. Nevertheless, wine making has survived through thousands of years of recorded history, a history that includes large climate changes.
    Keywords: wine, climate change, Demand and Price Analysis, Environmental Economics and Policy, Productivity Analysis,
    Date: 2014–03
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ags:aawewp:164854&r=res
  3. By: María Teresa Costa (Universitat de Barcelona & IEB); José García-Quevedo (Universitat de Barcelona & IEB); Agustí Segarra (GRIT, CREIP, Rovira i Virgili University)
    Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which innovative Spanish firms pursue improvements in energy efficiency (EE) within their innovation objectives. The increase in energy consumption and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions justifies the greater attention being paid to energy efficiency and especially to industrial EE. The ability of manufacturing companies to innovate and improve their EE has a substantial influence on reaching the objectives regarding climate change mitigation. Despite the effort to design more efficient energy policies, the EE determinants in manufacturing firms have been little studied in the empirical literature. From an exhaustive sample of Spanish manufacturing firms and using a probit model, we examine the energy efficiency determinants to those firms that have innovated. To carry out the econometric analysis, we use a panel data coming from CIS (Community Innovation Survey) for the period 2008-2011 that includes 4,458 manufacturing firms. Among firm characteristics, the empirical results underline the importance of size in facilitating the adoption of technology that improves energy efficiency; while among the factors related to companies’ behavior, the favorable influence of organizational innovations and innovations related with the reduction of environmental impacts stand out as the main factors in carrying out innovations with the objective of increasing energy efficiency.
    Keywords: Energy efficiency, corporate targets, innovation, Community Innovation Survey
    JEL: Q40 Q55 O31
    Date: 2014
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2013/6/doc2014-10&r=res

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