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A Survey of the Literature on Environmental Innovation Based on Main Path Analysis

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  • Nicolò Barbieri

    () (Deptartment of Economics. University of Bologna, Italy.)

  • Claudia Ghisetti

    () (Deptartment of Economics and Management. University of Ferrara, Italy.)

  • Marianna Gilli

    () (Deptartment of Economics and Management. University of Ferrara, Italy.)

  • Giovanni Marin

    () (IRCrES-CNR, Italy; OFCE-SciencesPo, France.)

  • Francesco Nicolli

    () (IRCrES-CNR, Italy; Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Italy.)

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on environmental innovation (EI) and systematizes it by means of an original methodology identifying the main directions in which the literature on EI has developed over time. In order to do so, two algorithms are adopted and used to analyze a citation network of journal articles and books. The main path analysis reveals that this literature revolves around the following topics: i) determinants of EI; ii) economic effects of EI; iii) environmental effects of EI; and iv) policy inducement in EI. Each of these topics is discussed and implications from the main findings as well as possible future research extensions are outlined.

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  • Nicolò Barbieri & Claudia Ghisetti & Marianna Gilli & Giovanni Marin & Francesco Nicolli, 2015. "A Survey of the Literature on Environmental Innovation Based on Main Path Analysis," SEEDS Working Papers 0715, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Apr 2015.
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    Environmental Innovations; Green Technologies; Citation Network Analysis; Main Path Analysis;

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    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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