What abates environmental efficiency in African economies? Exploring the influence of infrastructure, industrialization, and innovation

Muhammad Abubakr Naeem, Michael Appiah, Sitara Karim, Larisa Yarovaya

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Abstract

The study investigates the impact of infrastructure, industrialization, and innovation in improving environmental efficiency in Africa toward addressing the pressing needs for environmental sustainability in the region. The study employed both Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Driscoll & Kraay methods to data collected for 19 African countries from 2000 to 2019. The results show a negative and significant relationship between infrastructure, industrialization, and innovation and the environmental efficiency in selected countries. Furthermore, our findings indicate that growth and energy demand have both positive and negative effects on these relationships. This paper has important policy implications, and we conclude that policies aiming at the development of both infrastructure and industry should consider the use of green technology to ensure sustainable development and environmental protection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122172
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume186
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Data envelopment analysis (DEA)
  • Environmental efficiency
  • Environmental sustainability in Africa
  • Infrastructure and industrialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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