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Workers' Compensation and the Distribution of Occupational Injuries

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  • John W. Ruser

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This paper studies the impact of workers' compensation income benefits on injury rates and on the distribution of injuries by severity. I develop econometric models for correlated counts of injuries that are estimated on a longitudinal data set of 2,798 manufacturing establishments. I find that higher benefits increase the frequencies of most nonfatal injuries, but reduce the frequency of fatalities. Also, higher benefits increase the probability that a given injury involves days away from work, but reduces the chance that it is a fatality or a minor injury.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 28 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 593-617

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:28:y:1993:i:3:p:593-617

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  1. Kelly D. Edmiston, 2006. "Workers' Compensation and State Employment Growth," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(1), pages 121-145.
  2. Marvasti, Akbar, 2008. "Occupational Safety and English Language Proficiency," MPRA Paper 14490, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Mar 2009.
  3. Zimmermann, Klaus F. & Rotte, Ralph & Bauer, Thomas K. & Million, Andreas, 1998. "Immigration Labor and Workplace Safety," IZA Discussion Papers 16, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Askenazy, Philippe, 2004. "Santé et sécurité au travail. Quelques éclairages économiques et internationaux," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) 0501, CEPREMAP.

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