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Compensating Wages for Occupational Risks of Farm Workers in India

  • P. Indira Devi


    (Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Horticulture. Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur)

  • K.R. Shanmugam


    (Madras School of Economics)

  • M.G. Jayasree

    (Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur)

Farm workers incur various occupational related risks. The question is whether they are adequately compensated for facing these risks? This paper attempts to measure the wage premiums that farm workers in India receive for health risks associated with their jobs, using a primary survey data collected from 282 farm workers who are pesticide applicators and 100 agricultural laborers who do not handle pesticide from Kerala in 2009-10 and the hedonic wage approach. Results indicate that the farm workers in India receive approximately an additional wage premium of Rs. 20 per hour for facing occupational health risks. Interestingly, the use of protecting gadgets reduces the risk of health damages that emphasizes the necessity of ensuring their usages.

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Paper provided by Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India in its series Working Papers with number 2012-071.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mad:wpaper:2012-071
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