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Dirty Money: Is there a Wage Premium for Working in a Pollution Intensive Industry?

Lindley, JK, Cole, MA and Elliott, RJR (2009) Dirty Money: Is there a Wage Premium for Working in a Pollution Intensive Industry? The Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 39 (2). 161 - 180. ISSN 0895-5646

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Abstract

Within a compensating wage differential framework we investigate whether there is a wage premium for working in a pollution intensive industry. Our results for the economy as a whole suggest a small wage premium of approximately one quarter of one percent associated with the risk of working in a dirty job. This premium rises to over fifteen percent for those individuals who work in one of the five dirtiest industries. We also find evidence of a fatal risk wage premium, providing estimates of the value of a statistical life of between £12 million and £19 million (2000 prices).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 10:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/430871

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