Vandy study says Mexican immigrants' jobs more dangerous

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 12:20pm
Staff reports

A new Vanderbilt University study says that Mexican immigrants living in the United States are concentrated in jobs with high risks of fatality, yet they receive little compensation for these risks.

The “Immigrant Status and the Value of Statistical Life” study, conducted by Vanderbilt Law School professors Joni Hersch and W. Kip Viscusi, found that Mexican immigrants are in jobs with fatality rates more than one-third higher than other workers, but they are not compensated accordingly.

“In contrast, other immigrant groups are similar to native U.S. workers in both their job-risk levels and wage compensation for risk,” the report found.

Researchers used U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Current Population Survey and the New Immigrant Survey.

“Non-Mexican immigrants as a group are similar to native U.S. workers in terms of the average job risks they face and their compensation for those risks,” Viscusi said. “But Mexican immigrants are the outliers, especially when it comes to fatal injuries.” 

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23 Comments on this post:

By: Quentin Daniels on 10/26/10 at 11:13

I would like to know if the study differentiated between Mexican immigrants who are in the United States with legal authorization - and those who have entered into the country - or remained in the country - without authorization.

I would be willing to bet a paycheck that the danger is substantially greater for those who are in the country ILLEGALLY.

No one forces people to take those jobs - no one forces people to enter this country illegally.

And to be honest - very few of those immigrants are asking for "social justice" groups to come to their defense. They'd rather be left alone to do what they feel they must to support their own families.

Quentin Daniels
Scanning miles of newsprint to find one or two lines of truth

By: Quentin Daniels on 10/26/10 at 11:20

To follow-up on the previous comment - a quick perusal of the 36-page study report shows there was consideration for workers with "prior illegal status" - but I read nothing that differentiates between current immigration status of "legal" vs "illegal."

That no such differentiation is made seems somewhat careless - as if the researchers felt it didn't matter.

Indeed it DOES matter. When one is already doing something that is against the law (i.e. employing workers who do not have legal status to work) it is not hard to imagine that one might take other shortcuts - such as reduced safety considerations, reduced pay, strict control of workers' access to food, healthcare, etc.

How can one get a firm picture of the entire problem without considering these factors?

Quentin Daniels
Scanning miles of newsprint to find one or two lines of truth

By: fightcrib on 10/26/10 at 11:36

Vanderbilt should do more study about how to win some damn football games. not this mexican stuff. btw, i had mexican food for lunch. cheers. Fightcrib, BNA

By: fightcrib on 10/26/10 at 11:38

Btw, very poor article. not even one specific example of a dangerous job. Come on Sitty Paper, step yo game up! Fightcrib, BNA

By: ButchKerns on 10/26/10 at 12:08

I had a dangerous job once. I was crawling through a Vietnamese flooded rice paddy while some Vietcong were shooting at me. Pay wasn't all that good there either. Boo hoo hoo.

By: ButchKerns on 10/26/10 at 12:10

A Gov. whose policies practically invite illegal aliens into his state of Maryland calls them "New Americans" - an insult to every citizen and LEGAL immigrant alike. Violent crime by illegal alien gangs has spiked as they've left VA's tough new crackdowns for MD. Under O'Malley, MD gives illegal aliens driver's licenses, has refused to cooperate with ICE to turn in illegal aliens, and has a Board of Ed. which won't let school districts even COUNT the number of illegal aliens enrolled at schools. Americans are outraged by these lawless politicians, and need to know who they are. Well here is one who has served notice on us. Vote accordingly.

By: ButchKerns on 10/26/10 at 12:17

I can only suggest that they stay in their home failed, dysfunctional but safe home country. Oh, yea, they aren't that safe, are they. Well, when they become the majority and take over running this country, we'll rapidly become just like the countries they came from. How can it be any different?

By: govskeptic on 10/26/10 at 2:42

Some of the jobs described have always been filled by the uneducated
legal citizens or as one candidate described them "undocumented citizens". Harzardeous duty pay is usually not part of the package either. Further study by those at Vanderbilt might also discover that the nose is located on the face and that most tires are round! Please send that to the US Government as these findings may surprise them as well.

By: iTiSi on 10/26/10 at 3:01

I never realized that landscaping jobs were all that dangerous.

By: rdavid on 10/26/10 at 5:21

When a person chooses voluntarily to defect from their home country (who is NOT in political danger as might be the case of Cuba, etc.) they CHOOSE to become part of the new society to which they move into. Illegal Mexicans have proven over and over they CANNOT assimilate into the American culture, yet choose to firstly, break the law, by breaking into this country, then expecting to be given American rights. NO WAY! Then, they work in untaxed jobs which hurts all government tax levels, finally, sending much of their earning BACK to their home country, which AGAIN, removes more money from the American economy causing further damage to our system. If you want to move here for a better life, then great. BUT, do it legally and learn the American way. Stop driving once thriving, nice neighborhoods into slums by making them into literal DUMPS! Clean up your act and keep the money earned by LEGAL immigrants in AMerica, NOT shipping it out to third world drug supporting governments. AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE TIRED OF IT AND WE ARE VOTING!!!!!

By: dastardly on 10/26/10 at 5:40

It's not the jobs that are risky, the stupid workers are risky. How many times have you seen these idiots working under a car held up by a bumper jack. Hate to tell you how many of them I have read about that were killed just working on a car. They also believe they drive much better when drunk. Most of them won't follow safety rules even if told to.

By: shinestx on 10/26/10 at 7:31

Apparently, Mexicans should go back to Mexico, where it is safer.

By: TITAN1 on 10/27/10 at 4:49

dastadrly, I also have seen idiots working under a car held up by a bumper jack, but they were all white or black. There is stupid in all walks of life. A have a friend in the landscaping business and the Hispanics are some of the hardest working people also some of the most courteous. I hate it when people lump groups of people together.

By: govskeptic on 10/27/10 at 5:04

Titan1 thanks for the calmness via the Convention & Visitors Bureau!
I must agree that the Landscapers hire more illegals than most any
others outside construction and chicken houses.

By: rebeccaperona on 10/28/10 at 10:41

i agree with all the comments. titan1, there are many hispanics that are very hard workers BUT there's a reason, the legal ones - want to keep their jobs and are having to compete with illegals for it, and the illegal ones - want to stay here! the people who play by the rules seem to be the ones who suffer the most. the legal aliens who got here the right way are paying taxes to support those who are trying to undermine the system and stay here and have everyone else pay their way. sorry, i just think that if some are having to do it the hard way, so should others. and i completely agree with what az is doing and solute the governor all the way. get the trash out of america that has no right to be here. we don't need any help or contributions to the crime in america. we have enough thank you. nevertheless, needless to say, i am voting every chance i get and so should everyone else! have a great day everyone!

By: TITAN1 on 10/28/10 at 11:26

Get the trash out of America? How do you ever look at yourself in the mirror.

By: rebeccaperona on 10/28/10 at 3:37

what do you mean how do i ever look at myself in the mirror?

By: TITAN1 on 10/28/10 at 4:58

If you are going to call other people trash when you don't even know them, then you might want to look in the mirror. I typed real slow for you that time.

By: rebeccaperona on 10/29/10 at 8:16

oh thanks, i appreciate that. and yeah, i am going to call gang members that kill numerous people (including children) trash. i also mean that for the legal trash as well. and i don't know you, but you sound like trash too. but if you want to defend murderers, drug dealers, and rapists - that's your perrogative. certainly says something for your character though. i don't even have to say anything, your actions and words speak for themselves. have a nice day.

By: TITAN1 on 10/29/10 at 11:39

I don't defend murderers, rapists, or any other people who commit crime. But, just because someone is not legally documented does not mean they do any of those things! There is trash in all walks of life!!

By: rebeccaperona on 10/29/10 at 11:57

i didn't say they were. and i said that i don't like legal trash either. do you know how to read??? i'm not so narrow minded to think that all illegals are criminals, most of them are very hard workers, BUT that doesn't make it okay to come to our country illegally. the road to hell is paved with good intentions. and it's not fair to the immigrants who are going through the system and doing things the right way to get legal, just to come to america and pay taxes to support illegal immigrants who didn't go through the same process they did. don't assume or put words in my mouth (or rather my keyboard).

By: TITAN1 on 10/29/10 at 12:04

When you say "i completely agree with what az is doing and solute the governor all the way. get the trash out of america that has no right to be here. we don't need any help or contributions to the crime in america". It sounds like you are talking about anyone who is not legally documented.

By: rebeccaperona on 10/29/10 at 12:14

it's a generalization ... sorry, i'll be sure to be more specific when i know you are going to be reading something so you won't assume anything and fly off the handle.