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Wind Power and Job Creation

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Concetto Paolo Vinci, Energy, jobs, Jonas Grafström, Kristoffer Sundström, labor, Luigi Aldieri, Policy, renewable, Wind power

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a global overview of job effects per MW of wind power installations, which will enable improved decision-making and modeling of future wind-power projects. We found indications that job creation connected to wind-power installations is rather limited. In total, 17 peer-reviewed articles and 10 reports/non-peer-reviewed papers between 2001 and 2019 were assessed. Our three major policy conclusions are as follows: (a) job creation seems to be limited; (b) each new project should consider a unique assessment, since all projects have been undertaken within different institutional frameworks, labor markets, and during separate years, meaning that the technology is not comparable; and (c) the number of jobs depends on the labor intensity of the country.

Aldieri, L., Grafström, J., Sundström, K. & Vinci, C.P. (2020). Wind Power and Job Creation. Sustainability, 12(1), 45. DOI: 10.3390/su12010045


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