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Determinants of Workplace Injuries: An Econometric Analysis Based on Injuries Compensation Data for Queensland


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  • Borooah, Vani K.

    (University of Ulster)

  • Mangan, John

    (University Queensland)

  • Hodges, John

    (University Queensland)


In this paper an econometric model is developed of the number of workplace injuries in Queensland using variables reflecting worker and workplace characteristics and the institutional and legislative setting. Central to the development of the model is the construction of a claims-to-injuries ratio which links reported workplace injuries to actual workplace injuries. The paper benefits from access to the Queensland Employee Injury Database that provides almost complete coverage of reported workplace injuries for that state. The results demonstrate that modelling of workplace injuries using such variables is feasible and provide parameter and elasticity estimates that have general application for policy making on workplace health and safety.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 28 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 149-168

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:28:y:1998:i:2:p:149-168

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