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The Structure of Wages and Benefits in the U.S. Pork Industry

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  • Hurley, Terrance M.
  • Kliebenstein, James
  • Orazem, Peter

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Pork production has evolved from relatively small, family-run operations toward large-scale operations with several employees. Important questions about the structure of compensation in this rapidly changing labor market are answered using probit and ordered probit models and data from a national survey of pork producers and their employees. The results suggest (i) the structure of wages in pork production is consistent with more developed labor markets; (ii) employees earn a wage premium for using advanced technology and working in larger operations; and (iii) employees are willing to accept lower wages in exchange for better benefits and working conditions. Key words: benefits, compensation, earnings functions, hog production, technology, wages.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 1475.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 1999
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Publication status: Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, February 1999, vol. 81 no. 1, pp. 144-163
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1475

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  1. Marsh, John M. & Brester, Gary W., 1999. "Technological Change In The U.S. Beef And Pork Sectors: Impacts On Farm-Wholesale Marketing Margins And Livestock Prices," Trade Research Center Research Discussion Papers 29242, Montana State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics.
  2. Bitsch, Vera & Harsh, Stephen B. & Mugera, Amin W., 2003. "Risk In Human Resource Management And Implications For Extension Programming - Results Of Focus Group Discussions With Dairy And Green Industry Managers," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22085, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Yu, Li & Hurley, Terrance M. & Kliebenstein, James B. & Orazem, Peter F., 2012. "Firm Size, Technical Change, and Wages in the Pork Sector, 1990-2005," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 37(2), August.
  4. Bitsch, Vera & Harsh, Stephen B., 2004. "Labor Risk Attributes in the Green Industry: Business Owners' and Managers' Perspectives," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(03), December.
  5. Yu, Li & Orazem, Peter, 2011. "O-Ring Production on U.S. Hog Farms: Joint Choices of Farm Size, Technology, and Compensation," Staff General Research Papers 12992, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  6. Lazarus, William F. & Platas, Diego E. & Morse, George W., 2002. "IMPLAN's Weakest Link: Production Functions or Regional Purchase Coefficients?," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 32(1).
  7. Terrance M. Hurley & James B. Kliebenstein & Peter F. Orazem, 2000. "An Analysis of Occupational Health in Pork Production," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(2), pages 323-333.
  8. Adhikari, Bishwa B. & Harsh, Stephen B. & Cheney, Laura Martin, 2003. "Factors Affecting Regional Shifts Of U.S Pork Production," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22200, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  9. Brester, Gary W. & Marsh, John M., 2001. "The Effects Of U.S. Meat Packing And Livestock Production Technologies On Marketing Margins And Prices," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 26(02), December.

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