Do green jobs differ from non-green jobs in terms of skills and human capital?

Consoli, Davide, Marin, Giovanni, Marzucchi, Alberto and Vona, Francesco (2016) Do green jobs differ from non-green jobs in terms of skills and human capital? Research Policy, 45 (5). pp. 1046-1060. ISSN 0048-7333

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Abstract

This paper elaborates an empirical analysis of labour force characteristics that emerge as a response to the growing importance of environmental sustainability. Using data on the United States we compare green and non-green occupations to detect differences in terms of skill content and of human capital. Our empirical profiling reveals that green jobs use more intensively high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills compared to non-green jobs. Green occupations also exhibit higher levels of standard dimensions of human capital such as formal education, work experience and on-the-job training. While preliminary, our exploratory exercise seeks to call attention to an underdeveloped theme, namely the labour market implications associated with the transition towards green growth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Skills; Green jobs; Task model; Human capital
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0045 Technological innovations. Automation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD5701 Labour market. Labour supply. Labour demand Including unemployment, manpower policy, occupational training, employment agencies
Depositing User: Alberto Marzucchi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 16:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61767
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