30 Aug '11, 6pm

Why do green jobs pay better than other jobs?

Why do green jobs pay better than other jobs?

Jobs in industries like mass transit and waste management account for nearly 40 percent of the green economy. Photo: Kymberly Janisch Cross-posted from the Council on Foreign Relations . I've always been skeptical of the oft -heard claim that "green jobs" are "good jobs" -- that is, that green jobs somehow pay better than other ones. A recent Brookings Institution study , though, takes a rather thorough look at the "clean economy," and concludes quite emphatically that green jobs do in fact pay better than the typical U.S. job. That invites an obvious question: Why? A decent part of the answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, lies in the sorts of educations that clean-energy jobs appear to demand. The Brookings study finds that 93.1 percent of clean economy jobs are "high skill" or "moderate skill," in contrast with only 71.7 percent in the overall economy. Everything else being e...

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