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The dark side of green innovation? Green transition and regional inequality in Europe

Nils Grashof and Stefano Basilico

No 2314, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography

Abstract: This study explores the regional diversification processes into green technologies (2000- 2017) and their implications for regional inequalities. Utilizing patent and Eurostat data, we analyze these processes along the economic strength of regions and the nature of their knowledge base. Our findings reveal that both structurally strong and weak regions can successfully diversify into green technologies if they possess related technological capabilities. However, brown regions cannot do so. Already existing patterns of divergence between these two types of regions are unlikely to be exacerbated by a green transition, but new regional disparities between brown regions and other regions could emerge.

Keywords: dark side of innovation; inequality; regional diversification; regional inequality; green innovation; green transition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O33 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-06, Revised 2023-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-mfd, nep-sbm, nep-tid and nep-ure
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