Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact
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Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact

Edited by Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos, Ilan Oshri and Krsto Pandza

The development of emerging technologies demands a rapidly expanding knowledge base and intensive collaboration across organizational, institutional and cultural borders. This book is the first of its kind to focus on the management of key emerging technologies and their social and economic impact in Europe. Split into four parts, across seventeen chapters, the scholars offer multiple levels of analysis concerning the management of emerging technologies across various sectors ranging from nanotechnology, renewable energy and cloud computing to synthetic biology and particle therapy for cancer.
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Chapter 12: Renewable energy policies for eco-innovation

Renata Dombrovski


This chapter summarizes recent approaches in evaluating the policy instruments used to promote eco-innovations. The value added of the chapter is, firstly, in revealing the possible research avenues for scientists who are conducting theoretical or empirical (econometric or case study) analyses. Secondly, and differently from other reviews dealing with similar issues, this chapter links all these different research approaches with the impact of the main financial and fiscal instruments on both technological innovations and their diffusion. Although, so far, these instruments have usually been examined separately, or comparisons made including two or three different ones, the comprehensive overview of their impacts definitely provides a broader picture that could support policy-making decisions in the field of renewable energy. It is well known that the pressure on global energy resources is high. Therefore, current climate policy should adopt financial and fiscal support measures that will limit harmful emissions and promote clean energy. Emerging from the identification of this issue, the main purpose of this chapter is to critically examine the recent advances in researchers’ efforts to identify the effectiveness and efficiency of these support measures in fostering the process of technological change.

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