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  • Sustainability transitions and technological catch-up: Guidance of search as a strategic mechanism for leapfrogging

    The challenge of preparing for more sustainable futures increasingly finds resonance outside OECD countries. One salient development is that manufacturing bases for clean-tech industries are shifting to emerging economies. So far, the question how latecomers may achieve leapfrogging in sustainable technologies has not yet been clearly spelled out in the two most important literature streams in the field: Transition studies

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  • Demand-driven policy interventions to foster industrial development: Can they be inclusive and sustainable?

    This paper explores recent demand-driven policy initiatives implemented to foster industrial development in developing countries. The evidence builds on various case studies organized around an analytical framework that draws from the literature on demand-driven innovation policy, sustainable consumption policies and industrial policy. The findings indicate that demand-driven interventions are usually implemented as part of broader policy mixes including supplydriven measures;

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  • SDG-6 in India: Challenges and innovation for sustainable sanitation

    Inadequate sanitation remains a big challenge in India and has a multidimensional negative impact on children’s health, education for girls, the environment, social dignity and national as well as individual economic growth. Sustainability is one of the key features to win universal access of sanitation that has social, technical, financial and institutional challenges at every step of the way. Unfolding

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  • Greek Public Debt: The Quest for a “Happy-end” to an Unsustainable Story

    The paper discusses the origins and recent developments of Greek public debt and shows that even if high primary surpluses of 3.50% of GDP consistently materialize it is unlikely to be sustainable. The reason is that the anemic growth envisaged for the medium and longer run is not sufficient to increase country’s GDP and, thus, drive either the debt to

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  • Do Technological Capabilities foster small young firm growth? The Brazilian Case

    Project design capabilities are a major factor in the growth for small young Brazilian firms if combined with an appropriate level of external learning. Studying the role of technological capabilities on small young firm growth, the authors distinguish between three types of technological capabilities, projects, execution and external learning, and look at the complementarities among them. The econometric analysis on

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  • Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene

    The notion of sustainable development changes its meaning when placed in the context of a transition from the Holocene geological epoch to the Anthropocene. The authors argue that the Anthropocene implies that a return to the relatively stable Earth System characteristics of the Holocene is extremely unlikely. The divide between society and nature dissolves and sustainable development needs to be radically redefined. This

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  • Combining innovation systems and global value chains for development: Towards a research agenda

    This paper contributes to ongoing work which seeks to bring together the national innovation systems and global value chain literature for the study of economic development. We depart from the view that such a new combination will be helpful both in enhancing the understanding of socioeconomic processes in developing countries and in building a more useful knowledge base for action.

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