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Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: The Need for Innovative and Institutional Solutions

BEN YOUSSEF, Adel and Boubaker, Sabri and Omri, Anis (2017): Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: The Need for Innovative and Institutional Solutions. Forthcoming in: Technological Forecasting and Social Change (1 December 2017)

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Abstract

The role of innovation and institutional quality for achieving sustainability are important issues tackled by current sustainable development debates, particularly in developing countries. Using a modified environmental Kuznets curve model, the present study improves our understanding of the critical roles of innovation, institutional quality, and entrepreneurship in structural change toward a sustainable future for Africa. Our empirical results show that formal and informal entrepreneurship are conducive to reduced environmental quality and sustainability in 17 African countries however informal entrepreneurship contributes more than formal entrepreneurship to this environmental degradation. The relationship between entrepreneurship and sustainable development turns strongly positive in the presence of high levels of innovation and institutional quality. This study contributes to this emerging research strand by clarifying the conditions that allow African countries to move toward more sustainable economies. Our results highlight the important roles played by innovation and institutions for achieving sustainability in Africa.

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