Who chooses risky jobs?

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Abstract

Empirical studies indicate that a disproportionate number of blacks are found in dangerous jobs. This study replicates this finding with new fatality rates within 353 occupations. A model implicating family background and race as determinants of risk and time preferences is developed to explain the result. Evidence is also produced suggesting that family background influences risk and time preferences and risky job choice. Policy implications for expenditures on Occupational Safety and Health are drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • occupational mortality
  • recursive model
  • risk and time preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)

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Who chooses risky jobs? / Leigh, J Paul.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1986, p. 57-64.

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Leigh, J Paul. / Who chooses risky jobs?. In: Social Science and Medicine. 1986 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 57-64.
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