Do policy mix characteristics matter for (eco-)innovation? A survey-based exploration for manufacturing of renewable power generation technologies in Germany
|Starts:||13:00 16 Nov 2015|
|Ends:||14:00 16 Nov 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Institute of Innovation Research|
|Venue opening hours:||1-2pm (coffee from 12.30pm)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
The decarbonization of energy systems constitutes one of this century’s key challenges for human society in mitigating climate change. In such a transition so-called policy mixes play a crucial role in redirecting and accelerating technological change towards low-carbon solutions. In this paper we present new insights into the link between policy mix characteristics and technological innovation, using the research case of the transition of the German electricity generation system towards renewable energies – the so-called Energiewende. Methodologically, we proceed by collecting novel company data of manufactures via a computer assisted telephone survey. For this, we extended the Community Innovation Survey by new questions on companies’ perceptions of the policy mix. The survey was conducted between April and July 2014, and yielded a response rate of 36% (n=390). Based on a bivariate Tobit model we find that the perception of companies regarding the credibility of the policy mix is positively associated with the level of their innovation expenditures. This effect intensifies when accounting for the mutual dependency with the consistency of the policy mix. Based on these findings we derive policy recommendations and point to areas for future research on policy mixes for green innovation.
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