Nº 301 (August, 2022). Natalia Porto, Pablo de la Vega & Manuela Cerimelo
“Going Green: Estimating the Potential of Green Jobs in Argentina”.
This paper aims to identify and characterize the potential of green jobs in Argentina, i.e., those that would benefit from a transition to a green economy, using occupational green potential scores calculated in US O*NET data. We apply the greenness scores to Argentine household survey data and estimate that 25% of workers are in green jobs, i.e., have a high green potential. However, when taking into account the informality dimension, we find that 15% of workers and 12% of wage earners are in formal green jobs. We then analyze the relationship between the greenness scores (with emphasis on the nexus with decent work) and various labor and demographic variables at the individual level. We find that for the full sample of workers the green potential is relatively greater for men, the elderly, those with very high qualifications, those in formal positions, and those in specific sectors such as construction, transportation, mining, and industry. These are the groups that are likely to be the most benefited by the greening of the Argentine economy. When we restrict the sample to wage earners, the green potential score is positively associated with informality.
JEL codes: E20, Q50, J80
Suggested citation: Porto, N., P. de la Vega & M. Cerimelo (2022). Going Green: Estimating the Potential of Green Jobs in Argentina. CEDLAS Working Papers Nº 301, August, 2022, CEDLAS-FCE-Universidad Nacional de La Plata.