Energy-saving technology choices by Dutch glasshouse firms

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Abstract

This paper estimates a sequence of energy-saving technology choices by Dutch glasshouse firms. The model allows for time-constant, firm-specific effects and serial correlation of errors and it is estimated on panel data over the period 1991¿1995. The unobserved error sequences are simulated in the model in such a way that they are consistent with the observed choices. The results suggest that positive revenue shocks encourage adoption of new technologies. The choices also exhibit firm-specific persistency over time. An increase of the price of energy encourages the adoption of a highly efficient energy-saving technology. The probability of investing in energy-saving technologies also decreases with capital invested in structures (e.g. double glazing of glasshouses) and increases with capital in energy installations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-144
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • uncertainty
  • investment
  • adoption
  • industry
  • models
  • probabilities
  • simulation
  • efficiency
  • barriers
  • policies

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