Join us for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Seminar Series 22/23, webinar hosted by Sandro Montresor, full professor of Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, Italy.
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Look where they are! Firms’ eco-innovation and Industry 4.0 technologies in urban and rural areas
Luca Cattani*, Sandro Montresor*, Antonio Vezzani?
- Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila (IT): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
?University of Rome3: firstname.lastname@example.org
We investigate the extent to which the firms’ propensity to eco-innovate, adopt Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies and leverage them to eco-innovate varies with their location. We maintain that urban firms are more prone to eco-innovate and adopt I4.0 technologies than rural ones, and more capable to make the latter functional to the former. Using a large sample of European firms, we test and confirm these hypotheses only partially. Firms in rural areas display a higher capacity to eco-innovate notwithstanding their lower digital propensity. However, an urban location reinforces the eco-innovative impact of digital technologies, irrespectively from its size.
Sandro Montresor - MA in Economics (University of Manchester, UK) and Ph.D in Economic Structures and Behaviours (University of Bologna, IT) - is full professor of Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), L’Aquila, Italy. He has previously served as full professor of Economic Policy at the Kore University of Enna, assistant and associate professor at the University of Bologna, and senior research grant holder at JRC-European Commission (on-leave), with different research and institutional engagements and positions. He is member of the Directive Board of the Association of Italian Economists (Società Italiana degli Economisti, SIE), co-editor in chief of the Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, Economia Politica, associate editor of Industry and Innovation, and member of the Editorial Board of Eurasian Business Review.
His main research interests are in the economics of innovation and cover, among the other, at the micro level, eco-innovations, intangibles and other innovation determinants, innovation policy and its effects, at the regional level, geography of innovation and eco-innovation, regional technological diversification and KETs, at the country level, systems of innovation and innovation policy. On these and other research topics, Sandro Montresor has published extensively on leading international journals, like Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Small Business Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economic Geography, and Regional Studies. On the same topics, he has coordinated and participated to a number of international and nation-wide, peer-reviewed research projects, and supervised PhD theses in both Italian and international doctoral programs. He regularly participates to international conferences and workshops of his reference associations (e.g. DRUID, International Schumpeter Association, GeoInno, and European Network of the Economics of the Firm, ENEF).
He has received the Best Paper Award of the Uddevalla Symposium 2019 and he has been winner of the Industry and Innovation Award for the Best Paper 2013-2014.
The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research runs a series of regular seminars given by visiting speakers to Manchester. These seminars are open to anybody who is interested in science, technology and innovation policy and management.