The Impact of Environmental Policy on U.S. Job Growth and Unemployment

Author: Joshua Schneck

Published: June 2010

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Publication Type: Working Paper

This paper examines issues in the climate-jobs debate and presents findings from a range of well-publicized studies estimating the employment impacts of proposed climate and energy legislation. It does not definitively answer the question of whether a price on carbon would result in a net increase or decrease in U.S. jobs, but it does help interested parties to discern what kinds of information to look for in reports and to become better positioned to arrive at their own conclusions when considering a specific policy proposal.