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How to reduce the social costs of coal mine closures?

Jakub Sokolowski (), Jan Frankowski () and Joanna Mazurkiewicz ()

No 02/2021, IBS Policy Papers from Instytut Badan Strukturalnych

Abstract: As a result of decarbonisation, the number of jobs in coal mining and mining-relatedindustries will drop. However, the risk of increased unemployment related to this process can be minimised. To that end, in order to mitigate the consequences of the transition away from coal, it is necessary to halt the inflow of new workers, to allow older employees to work until they reach retirement eligibility, and to provide support in advance for younger workers in mining and mining-relatedindustries so that they can take up jobs outside of the sector. To achieve that, we suggest three instruments: (1) relocating workers to coking coal mines, (2) retraining, and (3) support in starting up and running a business. With these instruments, it is possible to help accelerate decarbonisation while retaining a well-qualified workforce in the regional labour market

Keywords: energy and climate; labour market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 L71 Q43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2021-03
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