Estimating the Employment Impacts of Energy and Environmental Policies and Programs: Workshop Summary Report

Author(s): Josh Schneck, Brian C. Murray, Etan Gumerman, and Suzanne Tegen

Published: December 2010

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Publication Type: Policy Brief

With U.S. unemployment rates hovering near 10 percent, new energy and environmental policies are being scrutinized more and more for their ability to create jobs. Yet, the information provided concerning these policies’ impact on jobs is widely variable, is often conflicting, and can confuse policymaking efforts. This policy brief summarizes the key points of a workshop the Nicholas Institute convened in October, which examined how to best estimate and convey the employment impacts that may result from enactment of energy and environmental policy.