An Analysis of Occupational Health in Pork Production

Posted: 20 Jun 2000

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Terrance M. Hurley

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

James B. Kliebenstein

Peter F. Orazem

Iowa State University and IZA; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

Data on attendees at the World Pork Expo from 1991-95 are used to evaluate the impact of farming generally, and hog farming and confinement operations more specifically, on the measured health outcomes of participants. Hog farming is found to increase risk of reduced hand strength and respiratory symptoms. To the extent these health risks are known, hog farmers will require a compensating differential to reward them for accepting a greater risk, an outcome consistent with higher long-term returns for hog production relative to cash-grain production.

JEL Classification: Q12

Suggested Citation

Hurley, Terrance M. and Kliebenstein, James B. and Orazem, Peter Francis, An Analysis of Occupational Health in Pork Production. American Journal Agricultural Economics, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=231475

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