Self-inflicted injury as a rational decision process: The cae of Citrus harvesters in Argentina

Currently in the Argentine province of Tucuman there are approximately 45.000 citrus harvesters. In the year 2010, insurance companies began to notice an increase in the amount of suspicious injuries which presented features typical of self-inflicted injuries. What first seemed like isolated cases later became widespread throughout the province to the point that it caught the media's attention. The medical literature considers self-inflicted injuries as intentional destruction of one’s body tissue without suicidal intent, for purposes not socially sanctioned. This work analyzes the said behavior from the rational agent view, for that, the self-inflicted injury is used as a deceit tool that diminishes the probability of being discovered. Additionally Argentinean workers compensation law it’s examined to detect perverse incentives.

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