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Immigrant Labour and Workplace Safety

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  • Bauer, Thomas
  • Million, Andreas
  • Rotte, Ralph
  • Zimmermann, Klaus F

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Using standard as well as recently developed univariate and bivariate count data models, this paper analyses the determinants of workplace accidents using a firm data set for Germany. Given the tight system of public workplace safety regulation, introduced partly as early as in 1869 and the important role of foreign labour in manufacturing, the focus is on the impact of work organization and interdependence between native and foreign workers. The empirical results indicate that there are no significant differences between natives and foreign workers regarding technological determinants of workplace accidents. The employment of guest workers has a strong positive effect on the job safety of natives, however. The estimates imply that a 1% increase in the employment of guest workers is associated with a 1.7% decrease of less severe accidents and a 1.3% decrease of severe accidents of natives. The empirical results also indicate that foreigners' representation in the work council is an important factor for increasing workplace safety for guest workers.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1876.

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Date of creation: Nov 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1876

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Keywords: Count data models; Immigration; Industrial Organization; labour relations; Workplace accidents;

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  1. Begoña Alvarez & Daniel Miles, . "Gender Effect on Housework Allocation: Evidence from Spanish Two-Earner Couples," Studies on the Spanish Economy 114, FEDEA.
  2. Martina Cioni & Marco savioli, 2011. "Accidents and illnesses at the workplace Evidence from Italy," Department of Economics University of Siena 608, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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