7 Myths About Green Jobs

21 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2009 Last revised: 20 May 2013

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

Date Written: March 11, 2009

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1357440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1357440

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Andrew Dorchak

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