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ERIC Number: EJ889252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Immigrant Status and the Value of Statistical Life
Hersch, Joni; Viscusi, W. Kip
Journal of Human Resources, v45 n3 p749-771 Sum 2010
Using data from the Current Population Survey and the New Immigrant Survey, this paper examines the common perception that immigrants are concentrated in high-risk jobs for which they receive little wage compensation. Compared to native U.S. workers, non-Mexican immigrants are not at higher risk and have substantial values of statistical life. However, Mexican immigrants incur much higher fatality risks than native U.S. workers and do not receive wage compensation for these risks. Mexican immigrants who do not understand English fare especially poorly. The evidence is consistent with Mexican immigrants facing different wage offer curves. (Contains 1 figure, 8 tables, and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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