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Summaries of RCT Grants

RCT of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) workplace inspections

This project was a large, multi-site RCT of workplace health and safety inspections conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Grant recipient: David Levine

Term: 2014 - 2015

Principal Investigator: David Levine, Ph. D., University of California Berkeley

Funding: $96,000 from LJAF ($57,000 from other philanthropic sources)

Summary: This project was a large, multi-site RCT of workplace health and safety inspections conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For a sample of about 13,000 business establishments eligible for a randomized inspection, the study tested whether being randomly chosen for inspection affects establishments’ subsequent injury rates and business outcomes (e.g., sales, business closures) over a three-to-four year period – all measured through administrative data from OSHA and other sources. The study’s pre-specified analysis plan is linked here.

This study has been completed. A plain-language summary of the findings is available here.

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