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Sustainability and Competitiveness in Evolutionary Perspectives. Environmental Innovations, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics in the EU

Massimiliano Mazzanti (), Francesco Nicolli () and Marianna Gilli

No 2013042, Working Papers from University of Ferrara, Department of Economics

Abstract: We take a sector based perspective to investigate the EU economic, environmental and innovation performances. We correlate the various sector performances taking into account the role of changing specialization. In addition, we examine sector environmental performances related factors through shift-share decomposition analysis. We show that vivid divergences in environmental, economic and innovation performances exist between EU countries. The leading role of Germany emerges, with strong underpinnings in its economic specialization rooted on manufacturing. France excels in some services, while Italy suffers. Germany and Sweden more than others present win win economic-environmental sector performances. On the basis of our investigation economic and environmental performances are effectively potentially interrelated. Examples of integrated innovation-economic-environmental performances appear. Nevertheless, the sector view highlights that the underpinnings of macro performance rely on various structural change and innovation elements. Further research could investigate how composition effects and innovation changes correlate towards the achievement of sustainable economic development.

Keywords: Environmental innovation; economic performance; decomposition; meso economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q53 Q55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2013-01-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-eur, nep-hme, nep-ino and nep-knm
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