Free DP Download 08 February 2022 - Creative Destruction During Crises

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Jonathan D. Ostry, Nour Tawk CEPR Discussion Paper No. 16819 | December 2021


Lockdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced overall energy demand but electricity generation from renewable sources has been resilient. While this partly reflects the trend increase in renewables, the empirical analysis presented in this paper highlights that recessions result in a permanent, albeit small, increase in energy efficiency and in the share of renewables in total electricity. These effects are stronger in the case of advanced economies and when complemented with environment and energy policies-both market-based measures such as taxes on pollutants, trading schemes and feed-in-tariffs, as well as non-market measures such as emission and fuel standards and R&D investment and subsidies-to incentivize and hasten the transition towards renewable sources of energy.

You can now watch a video where Jonathan Ostry tells Tim Phillips about this research.