Upjohn Institute working paper ; 17-271
This paper presents evidence on the distributional effects of energy extraction by examining the recent U.S. energy boom. The boom increased local wage rates in almost every major occupational category. The increase occurred regardless of whether the occupation experienced a corresponding change in employment, suggesting a more competitive labor market that benefited local workers. Local housing values and rental prices both increased, thereby benefiting landowners. For renters, the increase in prices was completely offset by a contemporaneous increase in income. The results indicate that bans on drilling have negative monetary consequences for a large share of local residents.
October 2015 ; Revised November 2016
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Early Career Research Award 15-150-07
LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Wages, health insurance and other benefits; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Local labor markets
Get in touch with the expert
Want to arrange to discuss this work with the author(s)? Contact our .
Jacobsen, Grant D. 2017. "Who Wins in an Energy Boom? Evidence from Wage Rates and Housing." Upjohn Institute Working Paper 17-271. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/wp17-271