The greener the better: job creation and environmentally friendly technological change

Giovanni Marin
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Friday, 31 January 2014 - 12:00

This paper investigates the link between environment related innovation and job creation at firm level. Employing Italian data on 4,507 manufacturing firms, matched with patent records for the period 2001-2008, we test whether “green” innovation, measured using the number of environment related patents, has a positive effect on long run employment growth that is specific with respect to non environmental innovation. Results show a strong positive impact of “green” innovation on long run job creation, substantially bigger than the effect of other innovations. Our findings are robust to a number of additional tests including controls for cost differential between generic and “green” innovation and endogeneity.

You can take a look at the full paper here.


Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación
Edificio 8E, Acceso J, Planta 4ª (Sala Descubre. Cubo Rojo)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia | Camino de Vera s/n

Short CV: 

Giovanni is an economist from CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy) whose interests encompass applied econometrics, technical change and environmental economics (for further information, check out his webpage
His talk will focus on a recent study that tests empirically the relation between environmental innovation and employment growth.