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Immigrants in Risky Occupations

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  • Orrenius, Pia M.

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Zavodny, Madeline

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    (Agnes Scott College)

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This chapter reviews the economics literature on immigrant-native differentials in occupational risk. It begins by briefly explaining the theory of compensating wage differentials. It then provides a more detailed discussion of the empirical evidence on the subject, which reaches several conclusions. First, immigrants are overrepresented in occupations and industries with higher injury and fatality rates. Second, immigrants have higher work-related injury and fatality rates in some advanced economies, but not all. Finally, most, but not all, immigrants appear to earn risk premiums similar to natives for working in risky jobs. The chapter closes with a discussion of areas where additional research is needed.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6693.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Publication status: published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6693

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Keywords: compensating differentials; risky jobs; immigrants;

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  1. Bonin, Holger & Constant, Amelie & Tatsiramos, Konstantinos & Zimmermann, Klaus F, 2007. "Ethnic Persistence, Assimilation and Risk Proclivity," CEPR Discussion Papers 6084, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, 2009. "Do immigrants work in riskier jobs?," Working Papers 0901, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  3. Marvasti, Akbar, 2008. "Occupational Safety and English Language Proficiency," MPRA Paper 14490, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Mar 2009.
  4. Pia Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, 2010. "From brawn to brains: how immigration works for America," Annual Report, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
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Cited by:
  1. Osea Giuntella, 2012. "Do immigrants squeeze natives out of bad schedules? Evidence from Italy," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 1-21, December.
  2. Giuntella, Osea & Mazzonna, Fabrizio, 2014. "Do Immigrants Bring Good Health?," IZA Discussion Papers 8073, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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