Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees

Huber, Martin and Lechner, Michael and Wunsch, Conny. (2015) Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees. Journal of Health Economics, 43. pp. 170-189.

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This paper investigates the average effects of firm-provided workplace health promotion measures on labour market outcomes of the firms’ employees. Exploiting linked employer–employee panel data that consist of rich survey-based and administrative information on firms, workers and regions, we apply a flexible propensity score matching approach that controls for selection on observables and time-constant unobserved factors. While the effects of analysing sickness absenteeism appear to be rather limited, our results suggest that health circles/courses increase tenure and job stability across various age groups. A key finding is that health circles/courses strengthen the labour force attachment of elderly employees (51–60), implying potential cost savings for public transfer schemes such as unemployment insurance or early retirement schemes.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Arbeitsmarktökonomie (Wunsch)
UniBasel Contributors:Wunsch, Conny
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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