The Property and Environment Research Center has just published a policy paper entitled 7 myths about green jobs. The paper is a useful antidote to some of the claims made by our governments to justify their heavy-handed interventions into our economies and lives.

The myths include:

Myth 2: Creating green jobs will boost productive employment.

Fact 2: Green jobs estimates include huge numbers of clerical and administrative positions that do not produce output.


Myth 4: Green jobs promote employment growth.

Fact 4: Promoting more jobs instead of more productivity leads to low-paying jobs in less desirable conditions.


Myth 5: The world economy can be remade by reducing trade, relying on local production, and lowering consumption without decreasing our standard of living.

Fact 5: No nation can produce everything citizens need or desire.


Myth 7: Wishing for technological progress is sufficient.

Fact 7: Some technologies preferred by the green jobs studies are not capable of meeting today’s demands.