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

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  • Davide Consoli

    ()

    (INGENIO CSIC-UPV, Valencia (Spain))

  • Giovanni Marin

    ()

    (Catholic University of Milan (Italy) & SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton (UK).)

  • Francesco Vona

    ()

    (OFCE-SciencesPo and SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis (France).)

  • Alberto Marzucchi

    ()

    (Catholic University of Milan (Italy) & SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton (UK))

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.

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