Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Henning Schwardt

Second Advisor

Markus Schneider

Third Advisor

Chiara Piovani

Fourth Advisor

Martin Rhodes

Keywords

Innovation systems, Nuclear energy

Abstract

Nuclear energy is contentious in policy discussions that evaluate its role in the current U.S. clean energy innovation system. OECD nations, on average, have begun to reduce their dependence on nuclear energy. However, the United States has remained invested in its nuclear energy infrastructure and the role that it plays within federal research and development. This thesis examines the Neo-Schumpeterian perspective and the National Innovation System’s approach, the economic history of nuclear energy in the United States, and given insight from these factors, discusses the current role of nuclear energy in the U.S. energy innovation system. The objective is to determine if omitting nuclear energy’s role in U.S. energy from policy analysis is beneficial in the national innovation systems evaluation of the green industrial revolution or if its exclusion ignores potential path developments for a low carbon future.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Bryce Jones

File size

120 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Economics

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