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Beyond inducement in climate change: Does environmental performance spur environmental technologies? A regional analysis of cross-sectoral differences

Claudia Ghisetti () and Francesco Quatraro ()

Ecological Economics, 2013, vol. 96, issue C, 99-113

Abstract: This paper contributes to the debate on the inducement of environmental innovations by analyzing the extent to which endogenous inducement mechanisms spur the generation of greener technologies in contexts characterized by weak exogenous inducement pressures. In the presence of a fragile environmental regulatory framework, inducement can indeed be endogenous and environmental innovations may be spurred by firms' reactions to their direct or related environmental performance. Cross-sector analysis focuses on a panel of Italian regions, over the time span 2003–2007, and is conducted by implementing zero-inflated regression models for count data variables. The empirical results suggest that in a context characterized by a weak regulatory framework, such as the Italian one, environmental performance has significant and complementary within- and between-sector effects on the generation of green technologies.

Keywords: Green technologies; Environmental performance; Regional NAMEA; Technological innovation; Knowledge production function (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O33 Q53 Q55 Q56 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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