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Lead Markets for Environmental Innovations


Part of the ZEW Economic Studies book series (ZEW, volume 27)

About this book


Some countries are earlier than others in the development and introduction of environmental innovations. Often, the leadership in technological development is accompanied by a leadership in environmental policy. The book provides an analysis of lead markets for innovations such as fuel cells, photovoltaics, and others. Contributions of innovation economics, policy analysis and environmental economics are assessed regarding their potential to explain the leadership of single countries. The book depicts the policy frameworks that are favourable to the creation of such lead markets on the basis of theoretical considerations and case studies. Finally, recommendations for R and D policies, environmental and industrial policies are derived.


Environmental Innovations Environmental Policy Environmental economics Innovation Innovation Economics Lead Markets R&D Policy Technological Development development

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Policy Research CentreFreie Universität BerlinBerlin
  2. 2.Research Institute for Economics and Business AdministrationKobe UniversityKobe-shiJapan
  3. 3.University of Applied Sciences Merseburg (FH)Merseburg
  4. 4.German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)Berlin
  5. 5.Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)Berlin
  6. 6.Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)Mannheim

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