Green Innovation and Income Inequality: A Complex System Analysis

32 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020 Last revised: 21 Sep 2020

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Lorenzo Napolitano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Davide Consoli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nicolò Barbieri

University of Ferrara

François Perruchas

INGENIO [CSIC - Universitat Politècnica de València]

Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyse the relationship between income inequality and environmental innovation. We use a complexity-based algorithm to compute an index of green inventive capacity in a panel of 57 countries over the period 1970–2010. The empirical analysis reveals that, on average, inequality is detrimental to countries’ capacity to engage complex green technologies knowledge bases. Using non-parametric methods allows us to further articulate this general finding and to uncover interesting non-linearities in the relationship between innovation and inequality.

Keywords: Complexity; Environmental Innovation; Inequality

Suggested Citation

Napolitano, Lorenzo and Consoli, Davide and Barbieri, Nicolò and Perruchas, François, Green Innovation and Income Inequality: A Complex System Analysis (July 30, 2020). SWPS 2020-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3663871 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3663871

Lorenzo Napolitano (Contact Author)

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Davide Consoli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nicolò Barbieri

University of Ferrara

Via del Gregorio 13
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

François Perruchas

INGENIO [CSIC - Universitat Politècnica de València] ( email )

Camino de Vera s/n, Edif.8E, Univ.Politec.Valencia
Valencia, 46022
Spain

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