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Green Innovation and Income Inequality: A Complex System Analysis

Lorenzo Napolitano, Angelica Sbardella, Davide Consoli (), Nicolò Barbieri () and François Perruchas ()
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Lorenzo Napolitano: Institute for Complex Systems, National Research Council, Rome
Angelica Sbardella: Institute of Economics, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa

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Abstract: The objective of this paper is to analyse the relationship between income inequality and environmental innovation. We use a complexity-based algorithm to compute an index of green inventive capacity in a panel of 57 countries over the period 1970–2010. The empirical analysis reveals that, on average, inequality is detrimental to countries’ capacity to engage complex green technologies knowledge bases. Using non-parametric methods allows us to further articulate this general finding and to uncover interesting non-linearities in the relationship between innovation and inequality

Keywords: Complexity; Environmental Innovation; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07
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