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University Students’ Preferences for Labour Conditions at a Mining Site: Evidence from Two Australian Universities

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Graduate School of International Resource Sciences, Akita University, Akita 010-8502, Japan
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Department of Earth Resource Engineering and Environmental Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502, Japan
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Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Kalgoorlie 6433, Australia
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School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
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Faculty of Economics, Musashi University, 1-26-1 Toyotama-kami, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-8534, Japan
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Graduate School of International Resource Sciences, Department of Earth Resource Engineering and Environmental Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502, Japan
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Resources 2020, 9(3), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9030029
Received: 11 January 2020 / Revised: 2 March 2020 / Accepted: 9 March 2020 / Published: 10 March 2020
The mining industry makes up a large portion of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Australia, although securing human resources remains a problem in that field. The aim of this paper is to identify Australian university mining students’ preferences, considering it as potential employees’ preferences, for labour conditions at mining sites by means of a discrete choice experiment to promote efficient improvements in labour conditions in the mining industry. The data of 93 respondents analysed in this paper was collected by survey carried out in two universities in Australia. The result of the study showed that students have preferences on several factors such as wage, fatality rate, working position, commuting style, and company. Students having specific sociodemographic characters were found to show specific preferences on labour conditions. The results of this study indicate the potential average of appropriate monetary compensation for each factor. View Full-Text
Keywords: mining labour; working condition; conjoint analysis mining labour; working condition; conjoint analysis
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Ito, Y.; Mikami, S.; Jang, H.; Taheri, A.; Tanaka, K.; Kawamura, Y. University Students’ Preferences for Labour Conditions at a Mining Site: Evidence from Two Australian Universities. Resources 2020, 9, 29.

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