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Piece rates and workplace injury: does survey evidence support Adam Smith?

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Piece rates and workplace injury : does survey evidence support Adam Smith? / Bender, Keith; Green, Colin; Heywood, John.

In: Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 25, No. 2, 01.2012, p. 569-590.

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Bender, Keith ; Green, Colin ; Heywood, John. / Piece rates and workplace injury : does survey evidence support Adam Smith?. In: Journal of Population Economics. 2012 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 569-590.

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