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Abstract

While the impact of innovations on employment has been analysed empirically in several studies, only few studies have specifically analysed innovations which are environmentally beneficial. In this study, we have carried out case studies and analysed data from more than 1500 firms that have introduced environmental innovations recently in five European countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland). The data stem from identical telephone interviews carried out simultaneously in these countries. The interviews were especially designed for analysing the relationship between environmental innovation and employment on the firm-level. On the basis of an econometric model we find that different factors lead to positive and negative employment effects in the wake of environmental innovations.

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