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Information communication technologies and environmental innovations in firms: joint adoptions and productivity effects

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  • Davide Antonioli

    (Università degli Studi "G. D'Annunzio" di Chieti-Pescara, Italy)

  • Grazia Cecere

    (Télécom Ecole de Management, Institut Mines-Télécom, Paris, France)

  • Massimiliano Mazzanti

    (Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Italy)

Abstract

Information communication technology (ICT) and environmental innovation (EI) are relevant waves of the ongoing technological revolution. We study the complementarity in innovation adoption to test the research hypothesis that the higher the diffusion and intensity of usage of ICT and EI, the higher a firm’s productivity performance might be. However, it is not certain that the use of different innovations stemming from different innovation paths generates higher productivity. To test our hypothesis we use original survey data concerning manufacturing firms in Northeast Italy including detailed information on both ICT and EI. Empirical evidence shows that there are still wide margins to improve the integration between EI and ICT in order to exploit their potential benefits on productivity. The awareness of specific synergies seems to mainly characterize the heavy polluting firms that are subject to more stringent environmental constraints, while some trade-offs tend to emerge for the remaining firms.

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  • Davide Antonioli & Grazia Cecere & Massimiliano Mazzanti, 2018. "Information communication technologies and environmental innovations in firms: joint adoptions and productivity effects," SEEDS Working Papers 1118, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Nov 2018.
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