Who's Going Green and Why? Trends and Determinants of Green Investment

Author/Editor:

Abdoul A Wane ; Benedict J. Clements ; Changchang Zhang ; Luc Eyraud

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper fills a gap in the macroeconomic literature on renewable sources of energy. It offers a definition of green investment and analyzes the trends and determinants of this investment over the last decade for 35 advanced and emerging countries. We use a new multi-country historical dataset and find that green investment has become a key driver of the energy sector and that its rapid growth is now mostly driven by China. Our econometric results suggest that green investment is boosted by economic growth, a sound financial system conducive to low interest rates, and high fuel prices. We also find that some policy interventions, such as the introduction of carbon pricing schemes, or "feed-in-tariffs," which require use of "green" energy, have a positive and significant impact on green investment. Other interventions, such as biofuel support, do not appear to be associated with higher green investment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/296

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463927301/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011296

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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