Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss

@article{Levine2012RandomizedGS,
  title={Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss},
  author={David I. Levine and Michael W. Toffel and Matthew S. Johnson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336},
  pages={907 - 911}
}
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