Type
Article
Title
Do green jobs differ from non-green jobs in terms of skills and human capital?
In
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis : Research and Practice
Author(s)
CONSOLI Davide - INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) (Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management) (CSIV-UPV) (Author)
MARIN Giovanni - University of Urbino (Author)
MARZUCCHI Alberto - Catholic University of Milan (Author)
VONA Francesco - Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (Author)
Editor
GB : Taylor & Francis
Volume
45
Number
5
Pages
1046 - 1060 p.
ISSN
13876988
DOI
10.1016/j.respol.2016.02.007
Keywords
Skills, Green jobs, Task model, Human capital
Abstract
EN
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.

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