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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.

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