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Salários e Risco de Acidentes de Trabalho: Evidências de Diferenciais Compensatórios para a Indústria Manufatureira


  • Luiz Alberto Esteves

    () (Department of Economics, Universidade Federal do Paraná)


The aim of this paper is to provide empirical evidences of compensating wage differentials for Brazilian manufacturing firms. This theory states that higher injury risk firms would pay higher wages in order to attract workers – it implies a tradeoff between wages and job amenities. The empirical evidences of this paper are similar to stylized facts of the literature: omitted variables bias provides underestimated values for the injury risks coefficient, but after controlling the unobserved heterogeneity of workers the coefficient becomes positive and significant. In addition, this paper provides estimations from alternative models like instrumental variables and firms fixed effects.

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  • Luiz Alberto Esteves, 2007. "Salários e Risco de Acidentes de Trabalho: Evidências de Diferenciais Compensatórios para a Indústria Manufatureira," Working Papers 0061, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fup:wpaper:0061 Note: Creation Date corresponds to the year in which the paper was published on the Department of Economics website. The paper may have been written a small number of months before its publication date.

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    Compensating Wage Differentials; Industry Wage Differentials; Wage Determination.;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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