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7 Myths About Green Jobs


Andrew P. Morriss


Texas A&M School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

William T. Bogart


York College of Pennsylvania

Andrew Dorchak


Case Western Reserve University Law Library

Roger E. Meiners


University of Texas at Arlington

March 11, 2009

U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE09-007
Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-14

Abstract:     
A group of studies, rapidly gaining popularity, promise that a massive program of government mandates, subsidies, and forced technological interventions will reward the nation with an economy brimming with green jobs. Not only will these jobs allegedly improve the environment, but they will pay well, be very interesting, and foster unionization. These claims are built on 7 myths about economics, forecasting, and technology. Our team of researchers from universities across the nation surveyed this green jobs literature, analyzed its assumptions, and found that the special interest groups promoting the idea of green jobs have embedded dubious assumptions and techniques within their analyses. We found that the prescribed undertaking would lead to restructuring and possibly impoverishing our society. Therefore, our citizens deserve careful analysis and informed public debate about these assumptions and resulting recommendations before our nation can move forward towards a more eco-friendly nation. To do so, we need to expose these myths so that we can see the facts more clearly.

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Date posted: March 12, 2009 ; Last revised: May 20, 2013

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Morriss, Andrew P. and Bogart, William T. and Dorchak, Andrew and Meiners, Roger E., 7 Myths About Green Jobs (March 11, 2009). U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE09-007; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1357440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1357440

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