Transitioning to a Greener Labor Market: Cross-Country Evidence from Microdata

39 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2022

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John C. Bluedorn

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Niels-Jakob Hansen

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Diaa Noureldin

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Ippei Shibata

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Marina Mendes Tavares

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Policy Development and Review Department

Date Written: July 1, 2022

Abstract

This paper builds a new set of harmonized indicators of the environmental properties of jobs using micro-level labor force survey data from 34 economies between 2005 and 2019 and analyzes the labor market implications of the green economic transition and environmental policies. Based on the new set of indicators, the paper's main findings are that greener and more polluting jobs are concentrated among smaller subsets of workers, individual workers rarely move from more pollution-intensive to greener jobs, and workers in green-intensive jobs earn on average 7 percent more than workers in pollution-intensive jobs.

Keywords: Green jobs, Green Skills, Polluting jobs, Emissions, Environmental Regulation.

JEL Classification: J24, Q53, Q58

Suggested Citation

Bluedorn, John C. and Hansen, Niels-Jakob and Noureldin, Diaa and Shibata, Ippei and Mendes Tavares, Marina, Transitioning to a Greener Labor Market: Cross-Country Evidence from Microdata (July 1, 2022). IMF Working Paper No. 2022/146, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4178907

John C. Bluedorn (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

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Niels-Jakob Hansen

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Diaa Noureldin

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Ippei Shibata

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Marina Mendes Tavares

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Policy Development and Review Department ( email )

700 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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