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The Effects of Occupational Injuries After Returns to Work: Work Absences and Losses of On-the-Job Productivity

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  • Richard J. Butler
  • Marjorie L. Baldwin
  • William G. Johnson

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We extend the research on postinjury employment by estimating productivity losses for workers with permanent partial disabilities (PPDs) in the first three years after injury. Our method distinguishes between productivity losses attributed to spells of work absence versus reduced earnings during spells of employment. The method is applied to data for 800 Ontario workers with PPDs. The results document large productivity losses persisting at least three years after injury, with different loss patterns for workers returning to stable versus unstable employment. Human capital investments or job accommodations can reduce productivity losses, but the significant determinants of losses differ for the stable versus unstable employment groups. Copyright The Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2006.

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Article provided by The American Risk and Insurance Association in its journal Journal of Risk & Insurance.

Volume (Year): 73 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 309-334

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jrinsu:v:73:y:2006:i:2:p:309-334

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  1. Woock, Christopher, 2007. "The earnings losses of injured men: Accounting for injuries outside the Workers' Compensation system," MPRA Paper 14688, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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