London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE’s reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,600 full time students from 140 countries. It has a staff of just over 3,300, with about 44 per cent drawn from countries outside the United Kingdom.

The School has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social science research of any university in the world. It has 220 research centres, including the Centre for Economic Performance and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.


The project leads for the LSE are Prof. John Van Reenen, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, and Dr Antoine Dechezleprêtre, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

The objective of the LSE team in this Sinergia project is to improve our understanding of the diffusion of clean technological knowledge between economic agents based on empirical analyses with an emphasis on innovation and diffusion among developed countries. Of particular interest is the extent to which the diffusion of clean technological knowledge differs from the diffusion of knowledge in « dirty » technologies, i.e. the technologies likely to be replaced by clean technologies. The research plan is organized along two major research tasks:

  1. the analysis of knowledge spillovers in clean and dirty technologies based on patent citation data;
  2. the analysis and measurement of the impact of knowledge spillovers on clean innovation at company level based on firm data.