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From less promising to green? Technological opportunities and their role in (green) ICT innovation

Grazia Cecere (), Sascha Rexhäuser and Patrick Schulte ()
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Sascha Rexhäuser: ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research - Centre for European Economic Research

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Abstract: This article aims to shed light on the role of technological opportunities for green innovation by studying the case of Green ICT innovation. We test whether firms active in low-opportunity technological areas are less likely to be innovative and whether they are more likely to change their direction of technical change. To do so, we construct a firm-level panel data set for the years 1992–2009 combining patent data from the European Patent Office with firm-level data from the German Innovation Panel (Mannheim Innovation Panel). The results are based on dynamic count data estimation models applying General Methods of Moments estimators. Our results support our hypotheses: firms active in low-opportunity technological areas are less innovative but are more likely to switch from pure ICT innovation to Green ICT innovation.

Keywords: Firm-level patent data; Information and communication technology (ICT); Innovation; Technological opportunities; Green ICT; Dynamic count data model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-01
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Published in Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2019, 28 (1), pp.45 - 63. ⟨10.1080/10438599.2018.1423766⟩

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DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2018.1423766

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