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Title:Environmental innovations, local networks and internationalization PDF Logo
Authors:Cainelli, Giulio
Mazzanti, Massimiliano
Montresor, Sandro
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 20.2011
Abstract:This paper investigates the drivers of the environmental innovations (EI) introduced by firms in local production systems (LPS). The role of firm network relationships, agglomeration economies and internationalization strategies is analysed for a sample of 555 firms in the Emilia-Romagna region, North-East of Italy. Cooperating with qualified local actors - i.e. universities and suppliers - is the most important driver of EI for most firms, along with their training policies and IT innovations. The role of agglomeration economies is less clear and seems to depend on the EI propensity of more locally oriented firms playing in district areas, which might even turn agglomeration into dis-economies. Networking effects and agglomeration economies are instead found to strongly promote the adoption of EI by multinational firms, thus highlighting the importance of local-global interactions. We provide some interesting findings for particular kinds of challenging EI in fields as CO2 abatement and ISO labelling, generally extending the analysis EI driver by joining local and international factors.
Subjects:Eco-Innovation
Foreign Ownership
Networking
District
Agglomeration Economics
Local Production Systems
JEL:C21
L60
O13
O30
Q20
Q58
F23
Document Type:Working Paper
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