Innovation and environmental stringency: The case of sulfur dioxide abatement

F.P. de Vries, C.A.A.M. Withagen

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Abstract

A weak version of the Porter hypothesis claims that strict environmental policy provides positive innovation incentives, hence triggering improved competitiveness and securing environmental quality.In a comparative way, this paper empirically tests this hypothesis across countries by linking environmental stringency to innovation proxied by patents in the field of SO2 abatement over the period 1970-2000.Three different models of environmental stringency are examined.Two of these models do not reveal a positive significant effect on innovation as a result of increased stringency.In the theoretically preferred model, however, a positive relationship between environmental stringency and innovation is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherMicroeconomics
Number of pages34
Volume2005-18
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameDiscussion Papers / CentER for Economic Research
Volume2005-18

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Sulfur dioxide
Innovation
Abatement
Competitiveness
Environmental quality
Environmental policy
Incentives
Porter hypothesis
Hypothesis test
Patents

Keywords

  • patents
  • pollution control
  • environmental stringency
  • sulfur dioxide
  • innovation

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de Vries, F. P., & Withagen, C. A. A. M. (2005). Innovation and environmental stringency: The case of sulfur dioxide abatement. (Discussion Papers / CentER for Economic Research; Vol. 2005-18). Tilburg: Microeconomics.
de Vries, F.P. ; Withagen, C.A.A.M. / Innovation and environmental stringency : The case of sulfur dioxide abatement. Tilburg : Microeconomics, 2005. 34 p. (Discussion Papers / CentER for Economic Research).
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Tilburg : Microeconomics, 2005. 34 p. (Discussion Papers / CentER for Economic Research; Vol. 2005-18).

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