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Accelerating Green Innovation: Essays on Alternative Investments in Clean Technologies

Motivation, purpose and scopeResearch contextResearch questions and methodologyEmergence of Cleantech as an Investment Category - Media Attention and Venture Capital InvestmentIntroductionTheoryVenture Capital EvolutionVenture Capital Life CycleCleantech Venture CapitalResearch methodology & dataDataMethodResults and discussionThe cleantech venture capital life cycleEarly Investment StageCommitment StageInstitutionalization StageOvershooting StageStabilization StageConclusionAcknowledgementsPrivate Equity in Clean Technology: An Exploratory Study of the Finance-Innovation-Policy NexusIntroductionTheoretical BackgroundRole of the finance eco-system for innovationPublic policy influence on the finance-innovation relationshipMethod and DataResearch ContextData CollectionData analysisFindingsInnovation policy (direct and indirect) effects(1a) Innovation policy and Cleantech innovators(1b) Innovation policy and private equity(1c) Innovation policy and institutional investorsFinancial policy (direct and indirect) effects(2a) Financial regulation and institutional investors(2b) Financial regulation and private equity(2c) Financial regulation and Cleantech innovatorsDiscussionFinancing innovation beyond VC/PE - the role of institutional investorsUnintended policy consequences in financing industry emergence - the case of US and German cleantech marketsConclusions and policy implicationsAcknowledgementsPublic Policy Influence on Renewable Energy Investments - A panel Data Study across OECD CountriesIntroductionTheoretical backgroundPublic policy influence on renewable energy deploymentInvestors’ perspective on renewable energiesMethods and dataResearch designDataModelDependent variable (D V)Independent variables (IV)ControlsLag structureLongitudinal analysis (panel data regression)Results and discussionFiscal and financial incentivesMarket-based incentivesDirect investmentsPolicy supportRegulatory instrumentsRobustness checksConclusions and policy implicationsAcknowledgementsDevelopment of Industries in the Cleantech Sector - A Case of the Solar and Fuel Cell IndustriesIntroductionTheoretical frameworkResearch methodology & dataCases of industry evolutionDataMethodResults and discussionConcluding remarksAccelerating green innovation through alternative investmentsThe changing role of finance and policy along the cleantech innovation chainImplications for investors and innovatorsPolicy implicationsLimitations and suggestions for future research

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