Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
The effects of job site sanitation and living conditions on the health and welfare of agricultural workers
- Author(s): Frisvold, George
- Mines, Richard
- Perloff, Jeffrey M
- et al.
The lack of field toilets on agricultural job sites increases the probability of gastrointestinal disorders by 60%. Adverse living conditions significantly increase the probability of gastrointestinal, respiratory, and muscular problems. These three health problems do not appear to increase the probability that a worker's family is on welfare or lower workers' earnings. Respiratory problems, however, substantially increase the probability that the worker receives unemployment compensation.