The Value Of A Statistical Injury: New Evidence From The Swiss Labor Market

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The authors' study the monetary compensation for non-fatal accident risk in Switzerland using the number of accidents within cells defined over industry skill-level of the job and capitalizing on the partial panel structure of the data which allows to empirically isolating the wage component specific to the employer. The results show that using accident risk at a lower level of aggregation, using narrower samples of workers, and using the wage component that is specific to the firm all yield higher estimates of risk compensation. The preferred estimate gives an estimate of about 36,000 Swiss francs per prevented injury per year.