From Less Promising to Green? Technological Opportunities and Their Role in (Green) ICT Innovation

30 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2016

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Grazia Cecere

Institut Mines Telecom, Business School, LITEM

Sascha Rexhauser

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Patrick Schulte

Deutsche Bundesbank

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper aims to shed light on the role of technological opportunities for green innovation by studying the case of Green ICT innovation. We test two hypotheses: (1) Firms active in low-opportunity technological areas are less innovative; (2) Firms active in low-opportunity technological areas are more likely to change their direction of technical change. To do so, we construct a firm-level panel data set for the years 1992-2009 combining patent data from the European Patent Office with firm-level data from the German Innovation Panel (Mannheim Innovation Panel). The results are based on dynamic count data estimation models applying General Methods of Moments estimators. Our results support our hypotheses: firms active in low-opportunity technological areas are less innovative but are more likely to switch from pure ICT innovation to Green ICT innovation.

Keywords: Technological opportunities, innovation, information and communication technology (ICT), green ICT, firm-level patent data, dynamic count data model

JEL Classification: D22, L63, O31, Q55

Suggested Citation

Cecere, Grazia and Rexhauser, Sascha and Schulte, Patrick, From Less Promising to Green? Technological Opportunities and Their Role in (Green) ICT Innovation (December 1, 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-91. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2764917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2764917

Grazia Cecere (Contact Author)

Institut Mines Telecom, Business School, LITEM ( email )

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Sascha Rexhauser

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

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Patrick Schulte

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

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Germany

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