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This report on the environment and employment consists of an introduction, 6 further section and an annex containing figures, notes, reference and a key to acronyms, currencies and symbols. Section 2 discusses the continuing problems of obtaining comparable data and assessments. It then describes the empirical results testing the traditional fear of environmental regulation as a destroyer of jobs, as well as the attempts by policy makers and regulators to reduce negative adjustment impacts. The variable employment impacts on the regulated community of adaptation to environmental policy by innovation are also analysed. Section 4 considers policies that impact on employment via the environment. Section 5 reviews the technical literature on the macroeconomic modelling that has attempted to gauge the net impact of environmental policies on employment. Sectoral studies support the modelling in providing insights as to the other employment changes (in the location of jobs and occupational patterns) that will ultimately result from the pursuit of sustainable development. Section 6 summarizes the findings of the four previous sections, and Section 7 considers the policy relevance of the preceding discussion.

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Authors: GAMESON T, JRC Sevilla (ES);DI PIETRO G, JRC Sevilla (ES);DUCATEL K, JRC Sevilla (ES);LEONE F, JRC Sevilla (ES);SØRUP P, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17350 EN (1997) 67pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199710891 / Last updated on: 1997-07-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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