Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125778
Authors: 
Hottenrott, Hanna
Rexhäuser, Sascha
Veugelers, Reinhilde
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 206
Abstract: 
This study investigates induced productivity effects of firms introducing new environmental technologies. The literature on within-firm organisational change and productivity suggests that firms can achieve higher productivity gains from adopting new technologies if they adapt their organisational structures. Such complementarity effects may be of particular importance for the adoption of greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement technologies. The adoption of these technologies is often induced by public authorities to limit the social costs of climate change, whereas the private returns are much less obvious. This study finds empirical support for complementarity between green technology adoption (either CO2-reducing or resources and energy efficiency-enhancing technologies) and organisational change. While the sole adoption of green technologies is associated with lower productivity, the simultaneous implementation of green technologies and organisational innovations is not.
Subjects: 
technical change
environmental innovation
organisational change
productivity
JEL: 
D23
O33
O32
Q55
L23
D24
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-205-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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