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Green regions and local firms' innovation

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  • Lorena M. D'Agostino
  • Rosina Moreno

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Technological innovation is essential to achieve simultaneously economic, environmental and social goals (i.e., the green growth). Indeed, many studies found that environmental innovation spurs overall innovation. However, this topic has not been investigated by taking into account the geographical context. Therefore, our paper seeks to investigate whether ‘green regions’, with an increased public and private commitment in environmental issues, are related to innovation of local firms. Using data on Spanish manufacturing firms and regions, we find that environmental technologies (especially in green energy), environmental investments, and environmental management at the level of regions are positively associated to local firms' innovation. La innovación tecnológica es esencial para el logro simultáneo de objetivos económicos, ambientales y sociales (es decir, el 'crecimiento verde'). De hecho, muchos estudios han concluido que la innovación medioambiental estimula la innovación en general. Sin embargo, este tema aún no se ha investigado teniendo en cuenta el contexto geográfico. Por lo tanto, el objetivo de este artículo es investigar si las ‘regiones verdes’, con un mayor compromiso público y privado en temas ambientales, están relacionadas con la innovación de las empresas locales. El estudio utilizó datos de empresas manufactureras y regiones españolas, y encontró que las tecnologías ambientales (especialmente las de energía verde), las inversiones ambientales y la gestión ambiental a nivel regional están ligadas positivamente a la innovación de las empresas locales. 技術的イノベ‐ションは、経済、環境、社会の目標(例:グリーン成長)を同時に達成するために不可欠である。多くの研究によって、環境イノベーションが全体のイノベーションに拍車をかけると考えられている。しかしながら、このトピックは地理的コンテキストを考慮に入れて検討されたことがない。そこで、本稿では、環境問題への官民の取り組みが進んでいる 「グリーン地域 (green region)」 が、地元企業のイノベーションに関連しているかどうかを検討する。スペインの製造業企業と地域のデータを用いたところ、地域レベルでの、環境技術 (特にグリーンエネルギー)、環境投資、環境マネジメントは、地元企業のイノベーションと正の関連性があることが示された。

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  • Lorena M. D'Agostino & Rosina Moreno, 2019. "Green regions and local firms' innovation," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 98(4), pages 1585-1608, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:98:y:2019:i:4:p:1585-1608
    DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12427
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