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Are the green jobs numbers exaggerated?
A new paper, the 7 Myths About Green Jobs, takes an in-depth look at the promise of green jobs.
Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:10 PM
The topic of green jobs is everywhere these days — it's in your local daily paper, on your local news and peppered in many political speeches. Four individuals have published a paper on the Social Science Research Network
that looks at the 7 Myths About Green Jobs.
The paper’s authors are Andrew P. Morris of the University of Illinois College of Law and George Mason University, William T. Bogart of York College of Pennsylvania, Andrew Dorchak of the Case Western Reserve University Law Library, and Roger E. Meiners from the University of Texas at Arlington.
An excerpt from the paper’s abstract gives the reader an idea of what to expect in the 21-page document: “Our team of researchers from universities across the nation surveyed this green jobs literature, analyzed its assumptions, and found that the special interest groups promoting the idea of green jobs have embedded dubious assumptions and techniques within their analyses. We found that the prescribed undertaking would lead to restructuring and possibly impoverishing our society. “ Source: SSRN
The authors have defined the following seven myths.
- Myth 1: Everyone understands what a “green job” is.
- Myth 2: Creating green jobs will boost productive employment.
- Myth 3: Green jobs forecasts are reliable.
- Myth 4: Green jobs promote employment growth.
- Myth 5: The world economy can be remade by reducing trade and relying on local production and reduced consumption without dramatically decreasing our standard of living.
- Myth 6: Government mandates are a substitute for free markets.
- Myth 7: Wishing for technological progress is sufficient.
The authors of this paper have also listed a corresponding fact for each of the myths as well as an explanation of each myth.
The paper provides readers with a critical and detailed look at what some may consider green jobs rhetoric. The arguments presented in the paper are logical and will make many readers question much of what they’ve read about green jobs.
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