CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Thursday December 1, 2022
14.30-16.00 - CEPII, 20 avenue de Ségur, 75007 Paris
CEPII Research Seminar "Who’s fit for the low-carbon transition? Emerging skills and wage gaps in job ad data" with
Aurélien Saussay (Grantham Research Institute at the LSE)

Aurélien Saussay
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics

Aurélien Saussay will present the research paper "Who’s fit for the low-carbon transition? Emerging skills and wage gaps in job ad data" co-authored with M. Sato, F. Vona and L. O’Kane.

As governments worldwide increase their commitments to tackling climate change, the number of low-carbon jobs is expected to grow rapidly. The authors provide evidence on the characteristics of low-carbon jobs in the United States using comprehensive online job postings data between 2010-2019. By accurately identifying low-carbon jobs and comparing them to similar jobs in the same occupational group, they show that low-carbon jobs differ from high-carbon or generic jobs in a number of important ways. Low-carbon jobs have higher skill requirements across a broad range of skills, especially technical ones. However, the wage premium for low-carbon jobs has declined over time and the geographic overlap between low- and high-carbon jobs is limited. Overall, their findings suggest there will be labour reallocation costs as workers transition into low-carbon activities. This suggests a role for targeted public investments in re-skilling to minimise transitional costs and ensure a workforce fit to deliver a rapid transition.

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