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Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees

Huber, Martin and Lechner, Michael and Wunsch, Conny. (2014) Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees. WWZ Discussion Papers, 2014 (06).

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Abstract

This paper investigates the average effects of (firm-provided) workplace health promotion measures in form of the analysis of sickness absenteeism and health circles/courses 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 as well as on 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 decrease the number of job changes 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 or early retirement benefits.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Arbeitsmarktökonomie (Wunsch)
12 Special Collections > WWZ Publications > WWZ Discussion Papers and Working Papers
UniBasel Contributors:Huber, Martin and Wunsch, Conny
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:WWZ, University of Basel
Number of Pages:41
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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  • handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2014/06
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