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Climate policies and Skill-biased employment dynamics: evidence from EU countries

Giovanni Marin () and Francesco Vona ()

No 23, Sciences Po publications from Sciences Po

Abstract: The political acceptability of climate policies is undermined by job-killing arguments, especially for the least-skilled workers. However, evidence for distributional impacts for different workers remains scant. We examine the associations between climate policies, proxied by energy prices and a stringency index, and workforce skills for 14 European countries and 15 industrial sectors over the period of 1995-2011. We find that, while the long-term decline in employment in most carbon-intensive sectors is unrelated to policy stringency, climate policies have been skill biased against manual workers and have favoured technicians and professionals. This skill bias is confirmed using a shift-share instrumental variable estimator

Keywords: Climate policies; Workforce skills; Cluster analysis; Multiple exposure to structural shocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 Q52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-eur, nep-lma and nep-tid
Date: 2018-07
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