State of Economic Research, Sourcing Risks, and Capital Market Perception
5. Conclusive remarks and outlook
“Electric cars are not going to take the market by storm, but it’s going to be a gradual improvement.”
In this final chapter, I briefly recapitulate the main results of each chapter in order to derive a synthesis of this dissertation and to identify some gaps for further research.
Chapter 2 contains the first and probably most complete bibliometric assessment of German environmental economics research. On the one hand, the study focuses on highlighting publications with the most impact, on the other, co-citation methodology has been used to identify the most relevant literature in the context of clean tech research. Remarkably, the results of both areas do not necessarily match, although they base on the same data set. Cleantech related research has not created the most impact in the past and can rather be considered as a side issue of environmental research. However, some monographic works and many books in the area of E-mobility and Cleantech applications could indicate that researchers might find it difficult to publish in the delineated journals.
In the scientific discourse, it is important to keep in mind that the special position of sustainable technologies can be explained by their potential to reduce environmental impact and usually are attributed to reduce external effects. As stated in the introduction but also mentioned by Heymann et al. (2013), it will be crucial for the idea of E-mobility and the entire industry to prove that the climate...
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