Investigating policy and R&D effects on environmental innovation: A meta-analysis

Claudia Ghisetti*, Federico Pontoni

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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In the last decades, a wide research effort has been devoted at the analysis of the determinants of environmental innovation (EI). Whereas agreement seemed to emerge around a cluster of determinants, mainly "Technology push", "Market pull", "Policy push-pull" and "firm specific factors", empirical analyses have failed to provide strong confirmation on the relevance of some core variables. After a qualitative discussion of this literature, we empirically assess it by exploiting meta-regression-analysis techniques to test the effectiveness of two determinants: policy and R&D. Our findings are clear: as for the first, we show that only certain types of policy have proven to affect EI, in particular regulatory stringency. As for R&D, we show that the use of estimation methods is not neutral to the outcome of the primary studies.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)57-66
Numero di pagine10
RivistaEcological Economics
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015


  • 2300
  • Determinants
  • Eco-innovation
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Environmental innovation
  • Meta-regression analysis
  • Patents
  • Public policy
  • R&D


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