Analysis

Jobs and the environment: An overview from the OECD

Businesses facing pressure from environmental regulations have sometimes warned that jobs will be put at risk. But a new OECD report says that job losses in the industrialised world caused by environmental policies since the 1970s have been trivial - and assembles compelling evidence that the net employment effects of environmental measures have been neutral or positive. The report cautions, however, that green tax reforms should not be expected to solve structural unemployment problems, and speculates on the employment consequences of current trends towards cleaner technologies and products.1

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