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Why Do Unionized Workers Have More Nonfatal Occupational Injuries?

Donado, Alejandro

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Most empirical studies have estimated a positive union-nonunion “injury gap,” suggesting that unionized workers are more likely to have a nonfatal occupational injury than their nonunion counterparts. Using individual-level panel data for the first time, I study several explanations for this puzzling result. I find that controlling for time-invariant individual fixed effects already reduces the gap by around 40%. Some of the explanations that I study contribute in reducing this gap even further. I, however, do not find evidence of the gap becoming negative and the impact of unions on nonfatal injuries appears to be insignificant at best.

Item Type: Working paper
Series Name: Discussion Paper Series / University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
Volume: 0551
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2013 14:28
Date: December 2013
Number of Pages: 43
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies > Alfred-Weber-Institut for Economics
Subjects: 330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: labor unions, occupational health and safety, working conditions, panel data
Schriftenreihe ID: Discussion Paper Series / University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
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