"Policy Mix"
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"GrĂ¼ner Wandel"
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Project information

GRETCHEN investigates the impact of climate, renewable energy and innovation policies (the "policy mix") on technological and structural change in renewable power generation technologies. The project combines theoretical insights from environmental and innovation economics and begins with a classification and operationalization of the policy mix for renewables in Germany. Its empirical analysis involves the application of multiple methods targeting three levels of analysis:

  • Firstly, at the micro level, GRETCHEN analyzes the innovation impact of the policy mix at the level of individual firms by conducting company surveys and patent data analyses.
  • Secondly, at the meso level, GRETCHEN measures the impact of the policy mix on the sectoral innovation system and innovator networks. It also analyzes the technological system in terms of market structure and industry dynamics.
  • Finally, the work at the macro level extends the macroeconomic model GINFORS by including endogenous technological change. The extended model will be used in a scenario analysis to study the global impact of innovation on renewable energies.

Once the empirical results have been integrated, the GRETCHEN team will discuss them and their policy implications with stakeholders from industry, politics and academia.

Fraunhofer ISI
FSU Jena
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