Do Green Jobs Differ from Non-Green Jobs in Terms of Skills and Human Capital?

40 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2016

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Davide Consoli

INGENIO; MIoIR

Giovanni Marin

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Centre for Economic Research on Firms and Growth (CERIS); Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE)

Alberto Marzucchi

University of Trento - School on Local Development

Francesco Vona

Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) - Department for Research on Innovation and Competition

Date Written: May 22, 2015

Abstract

This paper elaborates an empirical analysis of labour force characteristics associated to environmental sustainability. Using data from the United States we compare green and non-green occupations to detect differences in terms of skill content and of human capital. The empirical profiling proposed here reveals that green jobs use non-routine (resp. routine) cognitive skills significantly more (resp. less) than non-green jobs. Green occupations also exhibit higher levels of 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.

Keywords: Skills, Green Jobs, Task Model, Human Capital

JEL Classification: J21, J24, O31, O33, Q20, Q40

Suggested Citation

Consoli, Davide and Marin, Giovanni and Marzucchi, Alberto and Vona, Francesco, Do Green Jobs Differ from Non-Green Jobs in Terms of Skills and Human Capital? (May 22, 2015). SWPS 2015-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2744521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2744521

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