Looking for green jobs: the impact of green growth on employment

26th March 2015

There are many claims and counter-claims about whether green growth creates or destroys jobs. But fully assessing the consequences of environmental policies for employment presents a considerable challenge, and at present it is not possible for policy-makers to assess conflicting claims about the quality and quantity of green jobs that have already been created,or may be created in the future. This policy brief argues for a greater focus on indirect channels, taking into account a country's particular economic structure and labour market institutions.

This policy brief considers how this situation can be improved. First, it reviews some of the attempts to offer a statistical definition of green jobs, emphasising the importance of accelerating the development and application of an internationally agreed statistical framework.  The policy brief then discusses efforts to assess the impact of some specific green policies on jobs.

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