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An Analysis of Occupational Health in Pork Production

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

Data on attendees at the World Pork Expo from 1991-1995 are used to evaluate the impact of farming generally, and hog farming and confinement operations more specifically, on the measured health outcomes of participants. Hog farming is found to increase risk of lost hand strength and respiratory symptoms. To the extent these health risks are known, hog farmers will require a compensating differential to reward them for accepting risk, consistent with higher long-term returns for hog production relative to cash-grain production.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 1843.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2000
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Publication status: Published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, May 2000, vol. 82 no. 2, pp. 323-333
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1843
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  1. Orazem, Peter F & Mattila, J Peter, 1991. "Human Capital, Uncertain Wage Distributions, and Occupational and Educational Choices," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 32(1), pages 103-22, February.
  2. repec:cdl:agrebk:676427 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Frisvold, George & Mines, Richard & Perloff, Jeffrey M, 1987. "The effects of job site sanitation and living conditions on the health and welfare of agricultural workers," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt0gm5843r, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  4. James Kliebenstein & Peter F. Orazem, 1999. "The Structure of Wages and Benefits in the U.S. Pork Industry," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 81(1), pages 144-163.
  5. Terrance M. HURLEY & James Kliebenstein & Peter F. ORAZEM, 1996. "Structure Of Wages And Benefits In The U.S. Pork Industry," Staff Papers 283, Iowa State University Department of Economics.
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