Workers' Willingness to Exercise Their Right to Complain to OSHA About Hazardous or Illegal Working Conditions

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Early Career Research Award


This project will investigate whether workers’ willingness to exercise their right to complain to OSHA about hazardous or illegal working conditions is affected by immigration enforcement and whether enforcement affects rates of workplace injuries and illnesses. It will use staggered variation in the rollout of two different immigration enforcement programs in the U.S—the 287(g) program and Secure Communities —to test whether these programs led to differential rates of complaints of hazardous conditions to OSHA, and differential rates of injuries, among workplaces employing Latino workers.