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Immigrants in Risky Occupations

  • Orrenius, Pia M.

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Zavodny, Madeline

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    (Agnes Scott College)

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.), The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, 214-226
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6693
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  1. Pia Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, 2009. "Do immigrants work in riskier jobs?," Demography, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 535-551, August.
  2. Holger Bonin & Amelie Constant & Konstantinos Tatsiramos & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2006. "Ethnic Persistence, Assimilation and Risk Proclivity," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 658, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  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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