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Interacting innovation investments and environmental performances: a dynamic impure public good model

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  • Massimiliano Corradini
  • Valeria Costantini
  • Susanna Mancinelli
  • Massimiliano Mazzanti

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This paper develops a theoretical model to study how investment decisions in innovation taken by a single agent are influenced by environmental externalities produced by investment decisions taken by other agents. The model acts in a dynamic framework, where knowledge stock represents the capital good on which investment decisions over time are taken. Knowledge stock is considered as an impure public good which is responsible for both private and public benefits. We first show that the reaction function between one representative agent’s investments in innovation and the other agents’ investments in the public characteristic of the impure public good has a positive slope under general conditions. We also find that its sensitiveness is affected by the elasticity of substitution in the benefit function as well as by the degree of complementarity between the private and the public characteristics. Copyright Springer Japan 2015

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  • Massimiliano Corradini & Valeria Costantini & Susanna Mancinelli & Massimiliano Mazzanti, 2015. "Interacting innovation investments and environmental performances: a dynamic impure public good model," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 17(1), pages 109-129, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:envpol:v:17:y:2015:i:1:p:109-129
    DOI: 10.1007/s10018-014-0091-0
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    Keywords

    Impure public good; Environmental externality; Innovation; Dynamic model; Investments; D21; H41; O33; Q53;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling

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