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An Exploration of Green Job Policies, Theoretical Underpinnings, Measurement Approaches, and Job Growth Expectations


  • Eathington, Liesl
  • Swenson, David A.
  • Peters, David J.


This study explores the policy antecedents, theoretical foundations, and the many approaches to measuring green jobs in the U.S. It also contains brief descriptions of national and state initiatives to quantify green jobs currently in the economy, as well as their potential growth. The research preliminarily evaluates the likelihood of green job growth in non-metropolitan areas. Finally, this study identifies areas of research and investigation that need to be completed to more fully inform green job policy development and programming.

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  • Eathington, Liesl & Swenson, David A. & Peters, David J., 2011. "An Exploration of Green Job Policies, Theoretical Underpinnings, Measurement Approaches, and Job Growth Expectations," Staff General Research Papers Archive 32787, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:32787

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    1. Consoli, Davide & Marin, Giovanni & Marzucchi, Alberto & Vona, Francesco, 2016. "Do green jobs differ from non-green jobs in terms of skills and human capital?," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(5), pages 1046-1060.
    2. Oguz Basol, 2016. "Classic or Modern? Enhancement of Job Satisfaction Scale for Green Job Workers," Management, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 11(2), pages 103-122.

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    green jobs; clean jobs; green industries; Economic Development; rural development; sociological theory;

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