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WP/22/146

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

Prepared by John Bluedorn, Niels-Jakob Hansen, Diaa Noureldin, Ippei Shibata, and Marina M. Tavares*

Authorized for distribution by Malhar Nabar

July 2022

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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.

RECOMMENDED CITATION: Bluedorn, John, Niels-Jakob Hansen, Diaa Noureldin, Ippei Shibata, and Marina M. Tavares, “Transitioning to a Greener Labor Market Cross-Country Evidence from Microdata,” IMF Working Paper 2022/146 (Washington: International Monetary Fund).

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WORKING PAPERS

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

Prepared by John Bluedorn, Niels-Jakob Hansen, Diaa Noureldin, Ippei Shibata, and Marina M. Tavares

Contents

  • Introduction

  • Defining Environmental Properties of Employment

  • Documenting the evolution and prevalence of employment across environmental properties

  • Earnings Premium of Green Intensive Jobs vis-à-vis Pollution Intensive Jobs

  • Transition across environmental properties of jobs

  • Policies and the green transition

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Annex

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Savannah Newman and Cynthia Nyakeri have provided excellent research support. The authors also thank Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Petya Koeva, Malhar Nabar, and M. Scott Taylor as well as internal seminar participants and reviewers at the IMF for their valuable comments. We are grateful to Francesco Vona for providing access to his taxonomy files. Any errors are those of authors.

Transitioning to a Greener Labor Market: Cross-Country Evidence from Microdata
Author: Mr. John C Bluedorn, Mr. Niels-Jakob H Hansen, Diaa Noureldin, Mr. Ippei Shibata, and Marina M. Tavares